“If the Boot Fits…Luciano Fabro’s Italie”

“If the Boot Fits…Luciano Fabro’s Italie”, In G. Gazzola, guest ed., Italy from Without. Forum Italicum vol. 47: 2 (August 2013): 431-462

This essay opens an art historical perspective on the wider implications regarding the relationship between artistic creations and the imaginings of Italy’s national identity through the Italie, a series of mixed-media sculptural installations by the arte povera artist Luciano Fabro, which feature the iconographic geographical boot. Tracing the development of Fabro’s curious mappings of Italy, Hecker explores how such works question the contradictory terms of Italy’s emergence by playing on a range of imaginative expressions.