Carla BERTOLA (Italy)
Carla Bertola (1935, Turin, Italy) Ц poet, performer, publisher. Started her creative literary and artistic activities in the early 1960s. In 1978 she initiated (jointly with ј. Vitacchio) publishing of the international magazine УOfferta Speciale,Ф dedicated to the issues of visual and experimental poetry (25 issues were published, since 1989 each edition was accompanied by ten issues, supplemented by the originals of various poetsТ works). She began working in the area of visual poetry in the early 1980s, some time later in collaboration with ј. Vitacchio she developed the concepts of Уstage-poetryФ performances, which she presented at different periods in Italy, Belgium, France, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Cuba. In 1986 she was invited to participate in the international project УRevue ParléeФ in the George Pompidou Center (Paris), in 1990 showed her performances and exhibited her works at the III Biennial of Visual and Alternative Poetry (Mexico City). In addition to the experimental poetic reviews in the УOfferta Speciale,Ф since 1985 Bertola (jointly with ј. Vitacchio) has published periodical miscellanies of sound poetry УPate De Voix.Ф The poetТs sound works were presented at various festivals of experimental poetry, and also were repeatedly broadcast on the Radio Sonar (France), Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany), Radio Nacional De Espana (Spain) and others. Bertola is the author of a number of poetic performances that during many years were performed at various forums of contemporary art, including the ones at the Triskel Art Centre (Cork, 1987, 1992), Birganart Gallery (Toronto, 1990), Perfomedia Т92 и Perfomedia Т93 (Ponte Nossa), Studio Bildende Kunst (Berlin, 1993), III Congresso Internacional de Poesia (Bento-Gonçalves, 1998), Colloque International de Poésie Sonore / Poésie Action (Cerisy-la Salle, 1999), International Meeting of Poetry and Arts (Havana, 2000). She has conducted more than twenty solo exhibitions of visual poetry and book art, including the ones in Sorrento, Milan, Turin, Rome, Bologna, Seoul, Hanover, etc. Since 1981 she has participated in a large number of international group exhibitions of visual and experimental poetry, among them are some held in the 1990s: International Visual Poetry (Berlin, 1990), Libri da Autore (Turin, 1990), Libri dТArtista (Pavia, 1992), 3rd Visual Poetry Exhibition (Melbourne, 1993), Wor(l)d Poem / Poema Mu(n)do (Figuieira da Foz, 1993), Poesia Visuale (Bologna, 1995), Word Theatre (Kaliningrad, 1995), Quinta Biennale Poesia Visuale (Mexico City, 1996), VIII Biennale Poesia (Alexandria, 1996) and many others. She is the author of numerous publications in various literary magazines, collections, catalogues, and also in the international anthologies Ц among the recent ones are such as: Point of view. Visual poetry: 90s (Kaliningrad, 1998), Poesia Totale 1897-1997 (Mantova, 1998). Carla Bertola lives and works in Turin (Italy).