16', HD, stereo 

A film by Pauline Julier/ Sound - Xavier Lavorel / Post-production - Raphaël Frauenfelder // Supported by Istituto Svizzero di Roma and Fonds Cantonal d’Art Contemporain, DCS, Geneva


Composed of archives, personal or borrowed from social networks, Cercate Ortensia  is an expression of disarray as well as a big breath. A plethora of memory fragments  collide from humans walking on fre to old statues with vacant eyes, between  hydrangeas, tired fathers and red skies.  

The flm draws inspiration from La Libellula (Panegirico della libertà), a  "political, feminist as well as poetic poem" by Amelia Rosselli (1930-1996). 



"Cercate Ortensia by Pauline Julier translates the situation caused by the pandemic and its socio-political implications into a poetic tale, through a montage of found footage, shots taken by the artist in California during the 2020 fires, glimpses of the city of Rome stripped of its tourists, and phrases taken from Rosselli’s poem. Intended as a visual and theoretical archive of our updated and tired recollections, the video evokes a suspended memory that, from afar, proceeds towards us. Using free associations, the artist constructs an introspective path that connects temporary intimacy to a vibrant tension towards the contradictions of the outside. Fire is both a natural and anthropic element, the sky a new horizon of colonization, and flowers become a symbol of daily resistance. All these elements build up a tension between the desire for open spaces and the issues inherited from the pre-pandemic political management, capable of interrupting any uncritical enthusiasm. Cercate Ortensia creates the conditions for an escape, burdened, however, by the implications and responsibilities that the current time entails."




Composé d’archives, personnelles ou empruntées des réseaux sociaux, Cercate Ortensia est à la fois une expression de désarroi et une grande respiration. Des humains marchant sur des braises à des statues aux yeux vides, entre des hortensias, des pères fatigués et des ciels rouges de nos mondes qui brûlent, une collection de fragments de souvenirs entrent en collision.

Le film s’inspire de La Libellula (Panegirico della Libertà) (1958), un poème “politique, féministe et poétique” d’Amelia Rosselli (1930-1996).




SCREENINGS (selection)

Trovate Ortensia, curated by Il Colorificio,  ICA Milano, in collaboration with Istituto Svizzero Roma