Post-terrona. A drawing project about an imaginative reconfiguration of the southern Italian woman.

 

Terrone is a term used by people from north of Italy to address Italian people from the south. The word terrone comes from terra which means ground. The reference to the ground suggests the action of working the land and it indicates a poor and uneducated person. The reference to the ground is also connected with the brown color as a way to address the fact that people from the south of Italy have darker skin than people from the north. The term terrona is the female substantive of terrone and refers to the southern Italian woman. The terrona is usually stereotypically represented in media and popular culture as maternal, provocative, loud, uneducated, and with no power outside the domestic space. In “Post-terrona” Francesca Brunetti proposes an alternative way to think about the southern Italian woman. To do this, Brunetti refers to unconventional descriptions of the southern Italian woman made by contemporary Italian women writers that describe her as queer, multiethnic, and interested in intellectual exchange with other women more than on family or the domestic space. Brunetti’s art is in dialogue with feminist theory, queer philosophy, intersectionalism, and post-human feminism, that she uses in her drawings to represent the post-terrona gendered as non-binary, multiracial, concerned about the ecology, committed to the safeguard of the Mediterranean environment where she lives, and proficient with technology that she uses to pursue her political actions with other terrone.