Eva Giolo

Flowers blooming in our throats

16mm scanned to digital file, color, 4:3, stereo, IT/BE, 2020, 8’37"

Everyday occupations, some domestic tools, fruits, light, rope and many hands. Hands that dig in the earth, that cut, that cook, that touch, rip, wash, squeeze, erase, press, push. The sound of domestic spaces and its silence. Red flowers one summer.

Flowers blooming in our throat is a cinematic poem in response to the worldwide pandemic of 2020. Commissioned and produced by in between art films for the project Mascarilla 19 – Codes of Domestic Violence.

Filmed in 16mm just after the lockdown caused by COVID-19, Flowers blooming in our throats is an intimate, poetic portrait of the fragile balances that govern everyday life in a domestic setting. The artist films a group of her friends in their own homes, performing various small actions in accordance with her instructions. Giolo chooses to walk a shifting line where gestures remain symbolically ambiguous, expressing a kind of violence that is not immediately recognizable. Hands try to support or escape, but also to grip or strike, in a subtle interweaving of sounds and references that adds to the viewer’s sense of tension and unease. A dialogue of gestures, made up of repeated visual sequences where time is marked by the spinning of a small toy top, as unstable and precarious as the balance of a relationship.The artist repeatedly uses a red filter on her lens, creating a conceptual device that relies on an element of abstraction to conceal and transfigure the image. The mechanical insertion of the filter over the lens thus becomes the simulation of a violent act, immediately changing the way we perceive and remember an action we have seen before.This coexistence of opposites can also be found in the title, which metaphorically suggests how the beauty of a natural phenomenon—and implicitly, love – can turn into a suffocating force.

Text by Leonardo Bigazzi


directed, filmed and edited by eva giolo
commissioned/produced by in between art film for the project mascarilla 19 – codes of domestic violence
co-produced by elephy
featuring sirah foighel brutmann, eva claus
eva giolo, pascale gerbaux, lola heckers
martha t’hooft, constance neuenschwander
yuichiro onuma, veronika vimpelova
executive producer leonardo bigazzi
camera eva claus, eva giolo
sound design simonluca laitempergher
colourist lennert de taeye

Flowers blooming in our throats has been on display at the following locations:

Premiere: October 14, 2020
MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome
October 15-31, 2020
MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome
International Premiere: February 1-7, 2020
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Rotterdam
November 10-14, 2020
Lo schermo dell’arte – Festival internazionale di cinema e arte contemporanea, Florence
Spanish Premiere: March 16, 2021
Punto de Vista (International documentary film festival of Navarra), Pamplona
French Premiere: March 17-18, 2021
Cinéma du réel (festival internation du film documentaire), Paris
Lithuanian Premiere: March 25, 2021
Kino Pavasaris, Vilnius International Film Festival, Vilnius