For centuries the women were left at the foot of the trees. Women as roots destined to nourish the fruits of other existences: the fathers, the husbands, the children, the eternally free masculine who instead climbs every tree, and from above looks into the distance, grows and conquers the world. It seemed like an eternal condemnation, the worst because blessed by all power. Instead some women rebelled and embraced the trunk as if it were the best part of themselves, they put their feet down and climbing from branch to branch they conquered another point of view, a wider horizon.
This book collects a hundred portraits of women who climb trees. They are anonymous photographs, that date from the end of the 19th century to the 1970s. They are unknown faces that intertwine with the voices of important women such as Louisa May Alcott, Simone de Beauvoir, Voltairine de Cleyre, Astrid Lindgren, Beah E. Richards, Bianca Di Beaco.
They form a picture of real lives linked to unknown destinies portrayed on paper and together tell the story of women’s emancipation. Destinies that remind our « sisters », friends, daughters, grandchildren that we must learn to climb trees if we want to change the world. Still nowadays. And if someone invites us to put our feet on earth, the answer is and will be only one: « I won’t come down ».
«Women climb trees when they disobey. And every woman who disobeys is the daughter of the first, most celebratedand damned of the disobedient: Eve. Listening to the voice of the new Eves, from the twelfth century to today, this book reports the leaps, disappointments, battles, ascents of some of them, mystics, writers, philosophers, photographers, ecologists, entrepreneurs, mountaineers, who disobeyed and climbed the tree of awareness and self-realisation.» — Laura Leonelli
Laura Leonelli, giornalista, collabora al supplemento culturale de Il Sole 24 Ore, Arte e AD. È curatrice della Collezione Ettore Molinario. Ha pubblicato i volumi Siberia per due. Madre e figlia lungo lo Enisej (Feltrinelli), Lem. Viaggio iniziatico di un piccolo Buddha (Contrasto), Paolo Ventura. Autobiografia di un impostore (Johan & Levi), Rosalia Rabinovich. Stella Rossa (Biffi Arte), Bruno Corali. Il volo della gazzella (Lubrina), È Nestlè. Un viaggio all’origine di tanti sapori italiani (Peliti Associati), Un anno Pedrini (Peliti Associati). Da tempo studia e colleziona fotografia anonima.