installation view Art Basel, Switzerland, 2015

Basel 2015
Kadel Willborn
Ketty La Rocca (1938 –1976) ranked among the most important proponents of Conceptual and Body Art in Italy in the 1960s and 70s. Based on a visual poetry, she radically dealt with the sociopolitical limits of the meaning of language and images in her collages, performances and photographs. A central aspect is the examination of the bodily gesture as an “original means of communication”. Despite, or perhaps because of her early death in 1976, Ketty La Rocca created an oeuvre in just ten years, whose relevance to contemporary art is undisputed.