Belgium , Italy | 2023 | 27 min

A film that delineate a matrilineal genealogy developed around the phenomenon of tarantism. An anthropological research that is based on an intimate investigation and takes the shape of an experiment in which images are multiplied on a screen that holds up to three shots simultaneously, combining artist's film, installation, and documentary discourse. Le tarantole dormono sotto le pietre is inspired by a ritual that originated in the Middle Ages in Southern Italy, a traditional magical-religious practice with the aim of healing people, especially women, affected by convulsive movements attributed to the bite of tarantula spiders. The director begins by filming her mother, creating an intergenerational dialogue on motherhood, being a daughter, femininity, and interweaving this intimate material with the traces of the ritual - studied at length by ethno-anthropologist Ernesto de Martino - in search of its evolution in the present, in a dance of gestures and visual correspondences that question us on the theme of relationship and care. (l.f.)


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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 06 Nov 2023
  • Time: 5:45


Spazio Alfieri
Spazio Alfieri - Via dell'Ulivo, 8, 50122 Florence
Giada Cicchetti


Giada Cicchetti

Giada Cicchetti is an Italian visual artist whose work lies at the intersection of film and photography. She was awarded the Roger De Conynck Prize in 2023 and her works has been shown at festivals and collective exhibitions including Format Festival 2023 in the UK, Photo Twens 2022 in Belgium, Centrale Festival 2022 in Italy and Tete Gallery 2021 in Georgia.

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