SPEECHLESS is inspired by public speeches, manifestos, articles and texts, bringing to the fore the fragmentary and unofficial voice of women as it has travelled through the centuries before reaching the present. From the extant writings of abbess Hildegard von Bingen, dating from the 11th century AD and describing for the first time themes of the female sexuality, as well as the experience of the female orgasm, and the work of Christine de Pizan, «The Book of the City of Ladies», setting officially for the first time, in the 14th century, the cornerstone for the feminist rhetoric, to Virginia Wolfe’s lectures addressed to young female students of literature, and the speech of the activist black American women of the 19th century, SPEECHLESS runs through the backbone of the early feminist discourses, approaching themes that are still considered controversial today.


Sofia Mavragani
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