chameckilerner (Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner), Brazilian. Eskasizer–Jennifer, Sally, Hillary, and Gabri, 2014 . 15 minutes. Courtesy of the artists.

Eskasizer - Jennifer, Sally, Hillary & Gabri

February 1, 2021 - February 28, 2021

In the 1950s the Eskasizer belt machine came out as one of the first electric machines that promised to firm women’s bodies. In Eskasizer–Jennifer, Sally, Hillary, and Gabri, choreographers and video artists Andrea Lerner and Rosane Chamecki present four women, each with a different body shape, age, and background. They move in repetitive, and yet, unpredictable ways, reflecting the constant force of the machine that manipulates their bodies. The work is a collection of extreme slow-motion takes, in which the camera is zoomed in to the point that the women’s identity gradually blurs into abstraction. Their bodies are not acting on their own impulses and desires. Instead, they are passive—with their hips, knees, and legs yielding to the external forces.