Silvia Bottinelli received her PhD from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2008.
Her current research explores the following topics:
Art and Domesticity in Post-Fascist Italy. In post- WWII Italy, reconstruction of residential areas, governmental support to nuclear families and increasing targeting of women as consumers and home makers affected a deep transformation of the home. The study explores how artists, designers and photographers interpreted and documented these changes in domestic cultures, considering gender and class issues.
Food and Contemporary Art. This project aims to define Food Art, looking at the diverse intentions behind the choice of incorporating food, as material and process, in avant-garde sculpture and performance. The initial results of this research have been presented in a CAA session (New York 2013) co-chaired with Margherita d'Ayala Valva. Margherita and Silvia will also co-edit the volume What's cooking? Food Art and Counterculture, which includes interdisciplinary essays by American and international authors.
Silvia's previous research focused on art in the public sphere in post-fascist Italy. Her first book, A Forgotten Award: The Fiorino Collection at the Pitti Palace (Florence: Edifir 2007), examines the politics of display of modern art in Florence from 1950 to 1978. Her second book, SeleArte, An Open Window to the World (Lucca, Italy: Fondazione Ragghianti 2010), analyzes the public role of intellectuals such as Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti and Adriano Olivetti, who exposed diverse communities to art and art history in order to build a stronger Italian identity in the post war period.