'Relational bodies' is a dinner-performance that holds space for establishing relational affects and sensations with the larger living metabolism we, as human bodies, are part of. Through food and word, the participant is invited to explore the ways separability manifests in their bodies.
Separability is the colonial denial of the entanglement between our bodies and the land, water, mountains, roots, seeds and other human and more-than-human beings. Separability is constructed upon human exceptionalism, the idea that humans are a superior species that deserve to conquer, dominate, own, manage, and control the natural environment.
The dinner-performance comprises a plurality of ingredients, both edible and non-edible (performative, vocal and conceptual elements). The dishes served only include ingredients chosen for their regenerative and anti-colonial properties.
The event is inspired and grounded on the Andean cosmovision's principles of reciprocity, reverence, and gratitude and consists of three courses and a spoken-word recital.
About Teresa Borasino
Teresa Borasino is a Peruvian artist, cultural activist, and educator based in Amsterdam. She obtained her MFA from the Dutch Art Institute (DAI,2005) and her BFA from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
Her work balances upon the fertile edges between art and activism, the space between poetics and politics, and the radical engagement with social movements. Through her work she addresses the ecological crisis through various mediums – performance, installation, intervention, text, and graphic design. Since 2021, Borasino has been conducting artistic research into the Andean cosmovision and its ecologies of ancestral knowledge and practice. Recently, she presented Ausangante: a Gaseous Cosmology at Framer Framed and Stedelijk Museum.
She co-founded Fossil Free Culture NL in 2016, a collective of artists and cultural workers operating at the intersection of art and activism. The collective is currently changing direction and moving Towards a Post-Extractive Culture, a research project that explores new and ancestral approaches and alternatives that will help us to escape the extractivist ‘trap’ of the colonial, heteropatriarchal, capitalist paradigm.