Jessica Fertonani Cooke -
Jessica Fertonani Cooke -

A durational performance by collective INÁTATÁ.

It explores visceral symbolism of colonialist and post-Industrial exploitation in the Americas. It alludes to slavery, labour and rituals present in the inherent systematic oppression of industrial societies. 

The performance is situated around a metal structure supporting a bag containing 100kg of soil that straddles a pool of menstrual blood. Both performers, wearing flesh-toned body-suits, enter the space, one positions herself on top of the metal structure and reaches for the bag of soil and slowly tears a hole in the fabric. The second performer positions herself inside the menstrual blood pool, with a gold mining sieve as she sieves the soil that falls from the bag. 

Over 2 hours the soil falls and is sifted into the pool. Upon draining the bag, the performers lay atop the pile and rest until they finally fall asleep, releasing their own control upon themselves and the viewers.