Helen Cammock

Che si può fare

  • Helen Cammock, Che si puo fare, 2019. Video still. Helen Cammock

    Helen Cammock, Che si può fare, 2019. Video still © Helen Cammock

Past Exhibition

This exhibition was on 25 Jun – 1 Sep 2019

Max Mara Art Prize for Women
Helen Cammock
Che si può fare

25 June – 1 September 2019

What do jazz and the blues have in common with seventeenth century Baroque music? The winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women Helen Cammock (b. 1970, UK) sensed that lament, the expression of loss and mourning, is central to the history of vocal music and embarked on a six-month journey across Italy to find out.

Travelling from Bologna to Florence, Venice, Rome, Palermo and Reggio Emilia, Cammock met historians, musicians and singers who opened their archives, shared their lives and research – and gave her singing lessons. The title of her project Che si può fare (What can be done) is taken from a 1664 aria by Italian composer Barbara Strozzi (1619–1677). It is her music and that of Francesca Caccini (1587–1641) that Cammock performs as a duet with a jazz trumpeter in a live event and on a vinyl recording, reviving their legacy through her own voice.

Helen Cammock is a visual poet whose drawings, prints, photographs and films juxtapose word and image. Through her residency she collected the testimonies of activists, migrants and refugees, witnessing the transformation of lament into the expression of survival and resilience. Their stories emerge in a body of new works: a split screen film; a triptych of vinyl cut prints; a group performance and a screen printed frieze that captures the power of women’s voices from the Baroque period to Italy today.



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Helen Cammock:Che si può fare Performance

Thu 22 Aug, 7-7:15pm
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Experience artist and winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2017-19 Helen Cammock’s new performance exploring women’s laments across histories and geographies and how they might express survival and resilience.

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Che si può fare travels to Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy: 13 October 2019 – February 2020