Women CineMakers, Special Edition

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Women Cinemakers meets

Jessica Fertonani Cooke Lives and works in between Sao Paulo, Brazil and Arizona, USA

Re-space is a video piece portraying the body, nature and abstraction into 19th century germanic existentialism crisis of Body and Nature. The piece alludes to this as sickness and moves into integrating these concepts into ritualistic perception as to transcend the industrialisation of the Body.

An interview by Francis L. Quettier and Dora S. Tennant womencinemaker@berlin.com

Re-Space is a captivating experimental video by Brazilian/US multidisciplinary artist Jessica Fertonani Cooke: walking the viewers through a multilayered inquiry into the notion of landscape and our relationship between our surroundings, this stimulating video challenges the viewers' perceptual and cultural parameters, to encourage cross-pollination of the spectatorship. One of the most interesting aspects of Fertonani Cooke's work is the way it urges the spectatorship to explore the relationship between our perceptual process and the outside world and we are particularly pleased to introduce our readers to her stimulating and multifaceted artistic production. Hello Jessica and welcome to : we would like to introduce you to our readers with a couple of questions regarding your background. You have a solid formal training

and after having graduated in Fine Arts from the Art University of Berlin (UdK) under the mentorship of set designer and painter Mark Lammert, you nurtured your education with a Master Degree, that yu received from the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute: how did these experiences influence your evolution as an artist? Moreover, does your cultural background direct the trajectory of your artistic research? These different cultural backgrounds influenced my artistic research completely; I learned very fundamentally different approaches to Art. Being in those countries allowed me to experience their cultures from within, which deepened my research on colonialism and the decolonial movement, one of my main focus at the moment. It gave the possibility to observe from direct experience the nuances of European postcolonialism towards the Americas and the colonialist dynamic between North and South America. (I will explain this better later on) When I began my process as an artist, I wasn’t thinking politically, this is some much more present now after having