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13.03.2020 – 19.04.2020

The work of the artists Greta Desirée Facchinato and Raquel Sánchez Gálvez realized during their Art Residency at De School premiers on Friday March 13. The premiere is open to visit between 20:00 – 22:00.

About the work: 
Fleshquake is a videoproject about freedom of movement, beauty idealizations and critical society which stems from the aspiration to challenge and question Western notions of beauty, normality and decency. 

Fleshquake consists of a movement research through the inclusion and the development of tailor-made costumes. Starting in 2019, Greta and Raquel conducted studies on cosmetic surgery and medical silicone in order to be able to reproduce body implants for breasts and buttocks with a biodegradable material as agar-agar*. This, although at first sight might resemble silicone, on the contrary has fragile properties and a short life cycle. Body enhancements are revealed as garments in order to redefine the “plastic body” and its standardized perfection. 

Nowadays users connect with anyone, anywhere, at anytime in a community where images and videos transmit the rules directly through bodily discourse, images that tell us what clothes, body shape, facial expression, movement, and behavior are required. By emphasizing constructions of femininity, sexuality, gender politics and the often objectified dancing body, the work aims to replace labels with questions:
What is femininity in the Western society? 
How is this related to the way bodies should move and look like?
What if cosmetic implants would be made of a fragile material? 
How would this redefine the perfect body? 
Are we spectators, recipients or critics of the other’s choice of bodily metamorphoses?

Supported by Biovegan (DE) and Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

Support this project here.

About the artists: 
The two artists, Raquel S. Gálvez and Greta D. Facchinato come from different artistic backgrounds; installation, video art, dance, sound art and performance. Their collective projects are thought-out as choreographic negotiations and aim to blur the lines between their artistic backgrounds and the audience’s assumptions.

The project is developed with Silvia Sandri (costume designer), Valentino Russo (sound composer and video editing), Alberto Omiste (photography director) and three performers with different dance and performance backgrounds – Federica dalla Pozza, Alkis Barbas and Saskia Wieser. 

Fleshquake stays on show during club nights until April 19. Entry fee and house rules apply.

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