(two-channel video, 16min10, 2021)


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


"The video work Cercate Ortensia is an oration on disappearance, loss and disaster, but also an ode to resistance and freedom. In a powerfully evocative montage, Pauline Julier uses material from archives both personal and borrowed to construct a layered, critical reflection on our fileds of perception and relationship with the environement.Cercate Ortensia is shot through with the precariousness and disruption brought about by the pandemic situation. In this tale, spatial and temporal disorientation, breath, air, fire and embers become philosophical tools for multiplying perspectives. Pauline Julier envelops us in a narrative whose lyricism and tone shift as the come into contact with the elements surrounding them, like the hydrangeas". Anne-Julie Raccoursier (Swiss Federal Art Commission)




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). 




Swiss Art Awards 2021 ( LAUREATE💥)

Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou Paris

ICA Milano (Trovate Ortensia curated by Il Colorificio) 

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