Fleshquake - Behind the Scenes


13.03.2020 – 19.04.2020

Work of the artists Greta Desirée Facchinato and Raquel Sánchez Gálvez realized during their Art Residency at De School

About the work: Fleshquake is a 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.

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?

Generously supported by De School Amsterdam, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Biovegan (DE)