The tremble of the flesh
Premiered at “De Tour” exhibition
at De School Amsterdam and
presented during “The New Intimacy”
at Dutch Design Week 2020.
Fleshquake is a video project 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.
The project investigates a research of movement performed through the inclusion and development of tailor-made costumes. Beginning in 2019, the artists conducted studies on cosmetic surgery and medical silicone to be able to reproduce body implants for breasts and buttocks using biodegradable materials such as agar-agar. At first sight the material might resemble silicone, but on the contrary, its fragile properties deem a short life cycle. Body enhancements are revealed as garments to redefine the “plastic body” and its standardized perfection.
By emphasizing constructions of femininity, sexuality, gender politics and the often objectified dancing body, the video aims to challenge these rules and contemporary beauty trends.
The project is developed by the artists Greta Desirèe Facchinato and Raquel Sánchez Gálvez together 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.
Generously supported by De School Amsterdam, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Biovegan (DE).