From Blood to Soil is a durational performance by Jessica Fertonani Cooke and Guta Galli that explores visceral symbolism of colonialist and post-colonialist exploitation. It alludes to slavery and historically engraved rituals present in the systematic oppression of Indigenous and African-American communities, as well as of the present-day working classes.

Actual blood and soil will be used as materials of resistance, and as representations of life and death.  These elements will be mixed and will contaminate the performers ‘clean’ clothing, generating a visual collision between North and South, representative of the post-colonial Americas.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS: 

Jessica Fertonani Cooke is a Brazilian performance, video and sound artist. She completed her absolvent in fine arts at the Art University of Berlin (UdK) under the mentorship of stage designer and painter Mark Lammert and her graduate studies in studio art in San Francisco Art Institute. She discusses notions of ancestral diaspora upon the body, nation and land of the ‘Americas’ and its persisting roles inflicting/enduring post-colonial and capitalist society. Thus raising questions on territory, survival, spirituality, violence and cure. Fertonani Cooke has participated of selected exhibitions such as the month of performance as member of Agora Collective in L’Atelie Kunst Spiele Raum, Berlin, Germany, dupla penetração in Casa Parintins, São Paulo, Brazil, time wasting agency project, Nürenberg, Germany, ACT Festival in Luzern and Zürich, Switzerland and Body + Land = Escape in the 55 project, Miami, USA.

Guta Galli is a Brazilian interdisciplinary artist working with photography, video, installation, performance art and social practices. Her current researches study the intersections between womanhood, power, race, sexuality and violence. She has received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2017 and has exhibited individually in Rotterdam (Brazil Rotterdam Festival/ Netherlands) and São Paulo (Matilha Cultural and Legislative Assembly of São Paulo), and has also participated in several art fairs and group exhibitions in São Paulo (SP-ARTE), Rio de Janeiro (RIO-ARTE), Santiago (Chile), Brasília, Santiago, Rome (Biennale / Italy) and in the US, where she performed individually and/or participated in group shows at the San Francisco Art Institute, SOMArts, Berkeley Art Museum, Root Division (SF) and Walter Maciel Gallery (LA).