Jessica Fertonani Cooke -
Jessica Fertonani Cooke -
Jessica Fertonani Cooke -
Jessica Fertonani Cooke -
Jessica Fertonani Cooke -
Jessica Fertonani Cooke -
Jessica Fertonani Cooke -

SPECTACLE OF THE SNAKE/ perfromance/ 26 min/ 2017

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The piece targets 'spectacle‘ as sickness in societal drift while handling issues of urgency. Specific to this performance: the spectacle of Openings and the Art Market while coexisting to the urgent role Art can play in face of crisis. The physical challenge of the performance and the charcoal’s toxicity and aesthetic plays reference to industrial work force in juxtaposition to artistic work force. Although these cannot be equalized, they can dialogue from the stand point that: Coal are their PRIMAL material and they are both forms of SURVIVAL. Working with charcoal overrules basic comprehension of health when in contact with our bodies and in labor exploitation, whereas sickening the body in the name of labor and survival has been normalized in the face of economical warfare. The utilization of the SNAKE is a reference to repetitious ritual and notions of shamanic healing, where the ambiguity of the snake is that its venom can kill as it can heal.