Originate / Recompile

In 1962 Ernesto De Martino travelled to the South of Italy for his ethnographic research and shot "La Taranta". A documentary study around women who were poisoned by a Trantula bite while harvesting in the fields.
The remedy against the deadly poison was a folk dance called Taranta. The women danced the poison out of their bodies with the help of local musicians and priests. Studies around this phenomenon have highlighted that, in the majority of cases, these women were suffering severe mental illness and hysteria due to sexual abuse and poverty. 
In present-day Italy a similar dynamic has resurfaced, uncovering the stories of groups of immigrant women (mostly from Romania) who were victims of agricultural and sexual exploitation in Ragusa, Sicly. 

I reapprorpiated the 1962 archival footage to propose a different angle of the story surrounding these women. Not from the point of view of a man who has undertaken to observe them, but from the point of view of a woman from the South of Italy. I was interested in adding my own layers.
I used 16mm and 35mm film strips that have undergone an eco-friendly process to produce Phytograms, a technique that uses the internal chemistry of plants for the creation of images on photographic emulsion.
The film strips have then been further processed and collaged into 35mm up-cycled slide holders, together with dried flowers, and ultimately layered above the archival footage of Ernesto di Martino. 

Upcoming Exhibitions :

Strangloscope Experimental Video/Film International Festival, Brazil (2021)
Peripheries Experimental Film & Video Festival (2021)
Antimatter, BC Victoria, Canada
ULTRAcinema Festival, Mexico
NewFilmmakers, Anthology Film Archives, USA
Underneath the Floorboards, Hackney Gallery, London, UK
Coop Gallery Microcinema, Nashville, USA
Groupe Intervention Vidéo - Video des Femmes dans le Parc, Montreal, Canada

  • Federica Foglia
    Fantassút / Rain on the Borders , Exit/Entrance or Trasumanar
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 7, 2020
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  • Shooting Format:
    35mm, 16mm, Digital
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    Black & White and Color
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  • Antimatter [Media Art]
    October 15, 2020
    World Premiere
  • ULTRAcinema Festival

    October 22, 2020
    International Premiere
  • Underneath the Floorboards
    United Kingdom
    October 15, 2020
    European Premiere
  • NewFilmmakers, Anthology Film Archives
    New York
    United States
    December 17, 2020
    American Premiere
  • Groupe Intervention Vidéo - Video des Femmes dans le Parc
    September 25, 2020
    Quebec Premiere
  • Coop Gallery Microcinema
    United States
    September 10, 2020
  • Strangloscope 13th Edition
    March 19, 2021
Distribution Information
    Country: Worldwide
Director Biography - Federica Foglia

Federica Foglia is a transnational visual artist and writer. She holds a BA in Multimedia Languages and Digital Computing for Humanities: History of Art, Theatre, and Cinema from the University of Naples L'Orientale, an MFA in Film from York University, Toronto and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Cinema and Media Arts at York University.

She is interested in issues of immigration, citizenship and identity, displacement, women of the diaspora, migrant temporalities, and finding a visual language to investigate these experiences. Her practice revolves around recycled cinema, amateur filmmaking, imaginary archives. She works within the domestic space to remediate found-footage films. She is currently working on a project that involves eco-friendly emulsion lifting techniques of 16mm orphan films from private estates and family archives.

Her works have been exhibited and won awards in several art galleries and film festivals, including Images Festival, Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante MACA, BIDEODROMO, BilbaoArte Foundation, Toronto International Film Festival, Antimatter [Media Art], Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Genova, Vancouver International Film Festival, Reykjavík International Film Festival, Visions in the Nunnery - Whitechapel UK, Groupe Intervention Vidéo Montreal, SCAD Savannah International Film Festival, ULTRAcinema Festival Mexico, Muestra de Video Arte Faenza, MIMESIS Documentary Festival, Camerimage.

She has recently received the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarships and the RBC Arts Access Fund Award for newcomer artists.

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