Denise Ferreira da Silva, Arjuna Neuman
Soot Breath / Corpus Infinitum

What dissolves total violence? How to repair total extraction? What would it take for existence to be imaginable without both?

Soot Breath // Corpus Infinitum is a newly commissioned film and installation by Arjuna Neuman and Denise Ferreira da Silva. Against and instead of apprehension, it fosters an image of existence as otherwise: one that is not driven or predicated by predatory desire and lethal abstraction or total extraction and its articulations as ethnography, border regimes, slavery, sexual violence, global trade and mining.

Following the element of earth in this third film collaboration, Soot Breath // Corpus Infinitum re-images humans as deeply implicated with each other and the nonhuman alike. And in doing so, it is a reminder of an earth-sensibility: to be gentle and tender, to soften like supple grass, to attend, care for, serve and give, which is all to say, simply to exist.


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