Ovo Mundo, 2019, Liana Nigri, video, 2' 10''. Courtesy of the artist.
In a womb of the earth, women gestate “pregnant forms in other ways”, where holes and crevices in the forest land served as welcoming spaces for sculptural actions, in which female bodies in a fetal position deposit a hollow egg of fresh clay in the center of the body, supported on the pelvis.
The Earth receives the woman who, in turn, receives the sculpture and remains in contact for a while. The clay turns to skin and breathes together. With each expansion the work contracts, transforms, tears and even breaks, giving light to the work observed in this meditative video.
The act of recording the body gains a ritualistic value. The capture of that moment of presence within a time that does not exist like that of the clock, but as a time of temperatures, of the exchange of heat and humidity, of the sounds of breathing, of the internal nature and of the surroundings.
The meeting of bodies, understanding the clay, the earth as a body, in a process of shared making, where the vectors of strength and resistance of the two materials together are capable of generating an unknown shape.