curator: Luisa Catucci
live performance by Marta Lodola
All of these names for Ophelia can be found in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.
Since Shakespeare’s incarnation of Ophelia many have felt the need to offer their opinions of Ophelia as a character.
“Poor wispy Ophelia.” “Devastated and emotionally exhausted Ophelia.” “Pensive, fair-haired, blue-eyed daughter of the north.” “Ophelia the young, the beauteous, the harmless, the pious.”
Readers are consistently struck by her character that seems relatively insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
Ophelia is many times viewed as only important in relation to Hamlet and the effect she has on him. Ophelia is not just important in this respect, but also in respect to what she tells us about the society she came out of and the society we live in today.
First analysing Shakespeare and his precursors then concentrating on the modern day prominence of Ophelia with an overview of feminist criticism and current applications of her story will show that Ophelia is indeed a character with many faces, both positive and negative.
Depending on who directs the play or the movie, the interpretation will be different. Depending on the artist, the rendering may have a positive connotation or a negative connotation.
Ophelia may have been a relatively one-dimensional character, but she has certainly become much more than a girl suffering.
The sheer number of different interpretations of Ophelia show that she is still very much alive in our culture.
The fact that so many people do have knowledge of Ophelia is a testament to her immortality.
From a nameless maiden, to a pair of erect nipples on canvas, Ophelia has transversed time in a way few characters have.
About Marta Lodola’s performance:
“IN THE NAME OF”
Duration 1 hour 30 minutes
Gender-based violence is something inherent in our social sphere. The government provisions seem not able to embank the problem and offer an effective aid.
Since the beginning of the year, 80 women died in Italy because of feminicide. A woman dies every two days and, many women suffer constantly from violence without knowing how to ask for help, or to whom.
There are no effective punishments for the aggressors and the murderes remaining un-imprisoned even after the reports, being a constant threat for every woman asking for help.
The laws don’t guarantee a real protection, and in situations of home violence there are often dynamic for which is difficult to find a way out from this condition. The report would be only another way to jeopardize your own life.
Marta remembers their lives, their light and their vitality, interrupted by murderous hands. Her body is a simple medium, annulled by their presence.