Rocha & Polse

Multidisciplinary Brazilian Artist Duo

from: 21.10.2019   to: 27.10.2019

Rocha & Polse are a multidisciplinary artist duo who have been working together since 2010. Their video work Habito is presented during SomoS’ 2019 Un_Real Desires exhibition, and considers the possibility of a purely bodily language and its effect on human relations. The duo’s work is mainly interdisciplinary; spanning drawing, performance, sculpture, poetry and video, reflecting upon the body, its image, materiality and representation. Working with intertextuality, fragmentation, and juxtaposition of images, voices, discourses, and landscapes in response to social contexts, natural surroundings, sites and architectures.

Hábito explores the sensual embodiment of the Other, the Double, its protagonist desires what she never sensed or experienced, but is able to feel within the space of another body. The Spanish Hábito means to dwell, to inhabit, to occupy, to live. Within the framework of these associations, The film presents the other as drag in an assemblage of meaning, figure and skin, as it formulates a bodily language based on signs which emerge through a subtle choreography of gestures and postures that occupy an introspective sensuous in-between state. Using image and sound, Rocha & Polse intend for the audience to experience a fusion; pleasurable, destructive, impossible, unreal and yet necessary.


Mariana Rocha is a visual artist, researcher and lawyer. She is a PhD candidate in Literary, Musical and Visual Thought at The European Graduate School EGS, Switzerland and a researcher at PEI – Independent Studies Program at MACBA – Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, Spain. She has a BA in Fine Arts from Escola Guignard University of Fine Arts, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil, specialized in drawing and sculpture; has an MA in Performance Art from Faculdade Angel Vianna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and an MFA from Plymouth University, UK and Transart Institute, USA.


Fernanda Polse (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from PUC Minas, and in Fine Arts from Escola Guignard University of Fine Arts, both Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil, and a Postgraduate in Motion and Action by Faculdade Angel Vianna, Rio de Janeiro. Polse is interested in the discourses of sexuality, gender and humor, using formats such as video, photography, performance, text and music. In 2016 she released her first solo album as a singer and songwriter, Bicho Branco Polse.


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Images courtesy Kimyia Nik