The series focuses on the Beat Generation as a cultural phenomenon, more specifically in the women poets who participated in the movement and who historically have had less visibility than their male colleagues. It is a tribute to those women poets, who have remained in the shadow in the history of literature. Beatnik is the derogatory term with which the conservative American society nicknamed the poets of the so-called Beat Generation, and therefore is the title of this series.
When asked why there were no women poets in the so-called Beat Generation, Gregory Corso responded: “There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families locked them up in mental hospitals. Someday someone will write about them.”
Each piece is inspired by the poems and lives of these eight authors: Lenore Kandel, Diane Di Prima, Mary Norbert Körte, Denise Levertov, Hettie Jones, Carolyn Cassady, Anne Waldman, and Elise Cowen.
The full series is composed of 8 pieces. Traditional collage made by hand with material found without retouching or digital redimensions. Size: 65×95 cm
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