Edited by Laura Smith with Candy Stobbs and Wells Fray-Smith. With texts by Rizvana Bradley, Taylor Le Melle and Laura Smith.
Helen Cammock is the seventh winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, which nurtures new work by female artists based in the UK following an Italian residency.
Her new project Che si può fare incorporates film, print and performance, and is the culmination of a six-month journey across Italy, during which she collected songs, stories and testimonies from performers, activists, artists, politicians, historians, migrants and refugees.
Titled after an aria from 1664 by Italian Baroque composer Barbara Strozzi (1619 – 1677), the project explores the power of the lament – specifically women’s laments and their potential to act as expressions of survival, resilience and hope. The result is a transhistorical, international, contemporary lament of its own, voiced by women across centuries and geographies, asking us all repeatedly, ‘What can be done?’
This beautifully produced catalogue includes a conversation with guest curator Bina von Stauffenberg as well as poems, drawings and photographs by Cammock, created while on her Italian residency, and contributions by women who participated in workshops led by the artist in Reggio Emilia. Also included is a 7-inch vinyl recording of Strozzi's eponymous aria performed by Helen Cammock, Sheila Maurice-Grey and Katie Slaymaker.
Paperback with 7-inch vinyl, 144 pages, 280 x 215 mm
colour illustrations throughout
First published 2019