Giulia Essyad

Fat Slut Inflation, 2020

30 seconds video | sound

Set to a distorted version of the song "Fat Slut" by Tori Amos, this exercise shows the making of an artwork (blueberry.inflation.v1, 2019) in hyperlapse.

Fitness practices often focus on self-policing and self-discipline, aiming the body to comply to an invisible but ever-present mould. Here, this is set side by side with image editing and post-production, a short-cut of sorts on the road to physical conformity.

But, by putting herself through the process of "blueberry inflation", as first described in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (1964), Essyad refuses to conform: her body does not shrink but grows, thus escaping far into otherness, with its skin shifting to an impossible blue.

Fat Slut Inflation is part of upcoming in-app exhibition FitArt - Female Body.

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