What do life and death look like on farms after the Christian patriarchal era? The bodily work of women outside in the fields for centuries has been described in a language that called the earth fertile or barren and referred to seeds (in Danish/German: semen). Women carried the nascent life, gave birth and cared for younger and older generations in a system called family. Through marriage, women received a name that was not their own and had to leave their home land, because not they but their brother would inherit the paternal farm. What languages need to be designed today to rethink the field, ecology, and care work outside of the binary, heterosexual totality? What utopias, metaphors and proposed solutions are there for agricultural life after the ecological catastrophe and after the oppression of women has been overcome?
Video, color, stereo, 16 min.
The work includes drawings, texts, costumes, organic materials and scenic props.
Shot in October 2021 in the region around Certaldo, Italy.
Performers: Erica Cosi, Monica Hirano, Adelaide Mancuso, Lucrezia Palandri. Director of Photography: Giulia Lenzi.