Submission
Zuza Golinska, Corrado Levi, Reba Maybury in collaboration with Viaindustriae

ISABELLA

Barriera inaugurates the twelfth edition of Mirror Project, an initiative realized in collaboration with the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation. Every year one of the participants of the Course of Studies and Curatorial Practices CAMPO is invited to develop a new project within the space. ISABELLA by Giulia Carpentieri. The exhibition is named after one of the most famous Italian erotic comics of the 60’s, "Isabella - Duchess of the Devils", the first representation of a woman portrayed as an erotic dominatrix, an attractive and adventurous blonde thirsty for revenge. This pornographic comics, often roughly self-produced and which became a fetish object, in those years was crucial for revealing and emancipating the most perverse sexual fantasies, giving for the first time an image to the tangled world of paraphilias. The artworks and comics archive exhibited in the spaces of Associazione Barriera will allow the spectator to take a look at the practices of organized and consensual sadomasochism as a possible venue for the overthrowing and experimentation of power in its different declinations. Isabella further opens the debate to gender issues and deepens the relationships of domination and submission, by investigating the changing nature of the roles involved and the anarchist dimension of the sadomasochistic world. Keeping a watchful eye on female point of view, the exhibition pushes the figure of the woman beyond the predetermined sexual expectations and boundaries. The narration woven by the exhibition is not aimed at presenting a unique and exhaustive definition of power, but proposes a particular interest in rereading and reinterpreting its heteronormative dynamics.


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1.VIAINDUSTRIAE, TABLE 1 / 11 objects, comics books, courtesy VIAINDUSTRIAE
“ISABELLA “Uno per tutti”, N.107, II series, June 1971, Ediperiodici, Milan
“ISABELLA Tutti per uno”, N.106, II series, May 1971, Ediperiodici, Milan
“M. Giovannini, Foemina strips”, anthology of American feminist comics, 1979, Savelli, Rome “Enciclopedia dei Fumetti / Il fumetto erotico”, N.37 (Barbarella), 1970, Sansoni publisher, Florence “ISABELLA Il vascello fantasma”, N.59, II series, March 1969, Ediperiodici, Milan
“La Bella e la Bestia”, N.2 Year 1, 1974, Ep Pocket / Ediperiodici, Milan
“Falena, Femmina senza pudore”, N.16, Year 1, 1973, Series of the Falena, C.E.A., Milan
“M.Giovannini, Dirty Stars. Trent’anni di dirty comics” (1930- 1960), 1978, Savelli, Rome
“J. Sadoul, Le supersexy del fumetto”, 1971, Elvipress, Milan
“A. Abruzzese, Pornograffiti, Trame e figure del fumetto italiano per adulti”, 1980, Napoleone
publisher, Rome
“Dossier Fumetto”, 1977, Edifumetto, Milan. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese
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2.Zuza Golinska, Corrado Levi, Reba Maybury, “Isabella”, exhibition view, Associazione Barriera, 2022. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese
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3.Zuza Golinska, “Piercer Series”, steel, variable size, 2018, courtesy the artist; Piktogram, Warsaw. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese
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4.Zuza Golinska, Corrado Levi, Reba Maybury, “Isabella”, exhibition view, Associazione Barriera, 2022. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese
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5.TABLE 1 / 11 objects, comics books, courtesy VIAINDUSTRIAE. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese
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6.Zuza Golinska, “Piercer Series”, steel, variable size, 2018, courtesy the artist; Piktogram, Warsaw. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese
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7.Zuza Golinska, “Piercer Series”, steel, variable size, 2018, courtesy the artist; Piktogram, Warsaw. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese
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8.Zuza Golinska, Corrado Levi, Reba Maybury, “Isabella”, exhibition view, Associazione Barriera, 2022. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese
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9.Zuza Golinska, “Piercer Series”, steel, variable size, 2018, courtesy the artist; Piktogram, Warsaw. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese
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10.Reba Maybury, “Office Piece”, 2018, Artefact from Barrel’s office, created under direction by Mistress Rebecca. Framed digital print of hi-res image sourced online, 61 × 41 × 2 cm. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese
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11.Zuza Golinska, Corrado Levi, Reba Maybury, “Isabella”, exhibition view, Associazione Barriera, 2022. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese
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12.Zuza Golinska, Corrado Levi, Reba Maybury, “Isabella”, exhibition view, Associazione Barriera, 2022. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese
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13.VIAINDUSTRIAE, TABLE 2 / 15 objects, books, courtesy VIAINDUSTRIAE.
“I AM GONZO, my dirty italian zines fuck serious scientific books”, 2021, Viaindustriae, Foligno (Italy)
“ISABELLA Questioni di cuore”, N.81/100, II series, 1970, Ediperiodici, Milan
“NANETTE La corte del padere degli Dei” N.2, Year 2, 1970 Edizioni Liberati Spada, Rome
"LUCREZIA, La mondana senza volto”, N.113, Year 5, 1973, Elvipress, Milan
“LUCIFERA Tra i due litiganti... il terzo gode!”, N.40, Year 5, 1974, Ediperiodici, Milan
“VARTAN Mani lorde”, N.160, Year 7, 1975, Furio Viano publisher, Milan
“JACULA Orgasmo precoce”, N.155, Year 7, 1975, Ediperiodici, Milan
“JACULA Orgasmo telepatico”, N.178, Year 8, 1976, Ediperiodici, Milan
“LUCREZIA, La giovane tigre”, N.22, Year 2, 1970, Elvipress, Milan
“ALIKA La donna che venne dal futuro”, N.2, 1965, Series of the Il thrilling dello spazio, Edizioni Attualità Periodici, Rome “URANELLA La morte verde", N.12, 1967 Edizioni Bianconi, Milan
“JOLANKA La cripta infernale”, N.41, Year 5, 1974 Furio Viano Editore, Milan
“ODINA Notte di terrore”, N.4, 1971 Series of
the Bengala, Edizioni Bianconi, Milan
“POMPEA La fonte miracolosa”, N.16, Year 1, 1973, Edizioni Segi, Milan
“LA GATTA Notti veneziane”, N.7, Year 1, 1976, Edizioni Del Vascello, Milan Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese
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14.TABLE 2 / 15 objects, books, courtesy VIAINDUSTRIAE. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese
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15.Zuza Golinska, “Piercer Series”, steel, variable size, 2018, courtesy the artist; Piktogram, Warsaw. Photo by Gabriele Abbruzzese

The exhibition is named after the famous Isabella -duchess of devils- one of the first Italian erotic comics of 1966. First representation of a female erotic dominatrix and proto feminist par excellence, Isabella’s comic will allow the exhibition to deepen the relations of domination and submission, as potential stimuli/inputs to a reinterpretation of heteronormative power dynamics.