What – or who- nourishes our mothers?
This video-performance is a feminist critique of the ill gendered realities of contemporary maternal lives. It is about the hunger to locate female subjectivities in the aftermath of motherhood.
The stomach of this work is maternal anguish, inadequacy, invisibility and guilt, socially and culturally mediated: the mother’s traumatic experience of intense, infantile helplessness coinciding with a period of radical bodily changes, grief, loss of social status,
isolation, and unrealistic expectations of competence and self-sufficiency.
Most mothers are starving.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Guta Galli is a Brazilian interdisciplinary artist working with performance, video, installation and photography. She holds a post-graduate degree in Photography (FAAP – São Paulo) and a MFA. (San Francisco Art Institute – SF). Her feminist researches study the intersections between womanhood, power, race, sexuality and violence. Galli’s last researches use her personal experience as an expatriate artist to make a critical commentary on immigration politics on Trump’s era. In her current work she investigates how neoliberalism and its radical freedom has impacted labor and the contemporary body. She has exhibited individually in Rotterdam (Brazil Rotterdam Festival / Netherlands), San Francisco, California (Black & White Projects Gallery) and SãoPaulo (AfroBrasil Museum, 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), Brasília, Santiago, Rome (Biennale) and in the US, where she also had group and solo performances at the San Francisco Art Institute, SOMArts, SFMOMA, Contemporary Jew Museum, De Young Museum (SF), BAMPFA (Berkeley), Berkeley Art Museum, Start Up Art Fair (SF and LA), Shotwell Gallery (SF), Root Division (SF), Amos Enos Gallery (NY), The Reece Museum (Tenessee) and The Collective (Denver).
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