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Healthy Gestures #beauty, 2015 / Un cos natural, 2017

 

Installation and Performance (3 hours aprox.)

 

 

A natural body (installation views), 2017 / plastic vegetables and fruits, clay powder (rhassoul, kaolin, green and pink,) steel, anti-rust primer,
spray paint, tablet / variable dimensions / Galeria Àngels, Barcelona

 

 

Healthy Gestures #beauty / performance documentation / Galeria Àngels, 2017 / edition: Núria Gomez Gabriel

 

Healthy Gestures #beauty / performance documentation / Galeria Àngels, 2017 / photo: Ikram Bouloum Sakkali

 

 

 

 

Healthy Gestures #beauty / performance / Galeria Àngels, Barcelona, 2017 / photo: Ikram Bouloum Sakkali

 

A natural body (detail), 2017 / plastic fruits, clay powder / variable dimensions / Galeria Àngels, Barcelona

 

Susan Bordo says that
the “natural body” is a fiction.

Natural Skin
Natural Hair Color
Natural Hands
Natural Nails
Natural Teeth Whitening
Natural Thick Eyebrows
Natural Bodybuilding
Natural Chocolate Face Mask

Natural Voice
Natural Posture
Natural Childbirth
Natural Medicine
Natural Gestures
Natural Clothes
Natural Butt
Natural Lips
Natural feet treatment
Natural Gray Hair
Natural Maturity
Natural Look
Natural Attitude

Natural Health
Natural Food
Natural Beauty

 

Healthy Gestures #beauty / performance documentation / Galeria Àngels, 2017 / photo: Ikram Bouloum Sakkali

 


 

 

Healthy Gestures #beauty / performance / Galeria Àngels, Barcelona, 2017 / photo: Ikram Bouloum Sakkali

 

“Un cos natural” (A natural body) is an installation for the performance “Healthy Gestures #beauty” (2015) and was commissioned as part of the programme “Embodied Cinema. Perversions and desire” curated by Núria Gomez Gabriel at Galeria Àngels Barcelona, 2017.

 

“Heatlhy Gestures #beauty” is a performance based on the mimesis and abstraction of movements and words gathered from online beauty and health tutorials. The piece consists of gesture and word improvisation based on an online score and takes at least three hours to perform. A few pieces of real and fake fruit and vegetables are placed randomly in the space along with an iPad stand. The performance starts displaying the sole process of memorizing, accumulating sequences of movements and/or words, failing and starting all over again until the sequence is entirely memorized.

 

Following Judith Butler on gender performativity, if repetition consolidates the norm, there’s a slight hope in failure, in repeating badly, as a way of resistance. The long duration allows the piece to depict the process of consolidation through repetition while makes visible the inner violence of seemingly soft gestures. “Healthy Gestures #beauty” reveals the impossibility of precise repetition, that is to say, the potentiality of a myriad of alternates.

 

→ Embodied Cinema by Núria Gomez Gabriel 🍇

→ Galeria Àngels Barcelona 🍏

→ Performance Online Score 🍑

→ Performance Documentation at Encura, curated by Lauren Wetmore 2015 🍯
 
 

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