The Consolation of Water Lilies
Eva Giolo, Eva L’Hoest,
Mélanie Peduzzi


Workshop and Exhibition
28.07 – 31.07




What does it mean for bodies of water to hold other bodies of water? Should this holding and gestating be considered forms of labor? In what ways can the experience of maternity be lived today?

Following the poetics of hydrocommons proposed by Astrida Neimanis and Sophie Lewis’ amniotechnics, the workshop explored the environmental significance of motherhood and the political ramifications of gestation. Through the reading of relevant texts, the screening of video works by Eva Giolo, Eva L’Hoest, and Mélanie Peduzzi, the participants were invited to reflect upon contemporary questions about pregnancy and caregiving, and share their own experiences. Some of the themes that emerged were: being a mother to other bodies of water, posthuman gestationality, care, motherhood, and the concepts of holding and of gestation.

The final output of the workshop manifested as a zine made from excerpts and fragments of the conversations that emerged during the process. Remnants of the workshop were displayed together with the three aforementioned films and the zine. By visiting the exhibition and flipping through the zine the public was able to ideally enter the same atmosphere that welcomed the first participants.
Curated by
Valentina Bianchi, Natalia Barczyńska

Scenography
Minne De Meyer Engelbeen


Graphic Design
Bodies of Work

Artist Biographies

Eva L’Hoest (°Liège, 1991) produces films and installations about our ancestral connection with water and the human collective memory. L’Hoest graduated from the Master approfondi ULG-ESAVL, Liège (Belgium) in 2015, and her work was recently been shown at Centre d’Art Contemporain de Meymac (France) and at the Rivus, Biennale of Sydney (Australia).

Eva Giolo’s (°Brussels, 1991) is an audio-visual artist working in film, video, and installation. Her work places particular focus on the female experience, employing experimental and documentary strategies to explore themes of intimacy, permanence and memory, along with the analysis of language and semiotics. Her work has been exhibited at Sadie Coles HQ, WIELS, MAXXI, GEM, M HKA, Kunsthalle Wien and major film festivals like Rotterdam, FIDMarseille and Cinéma du Réel. She is a founding member of the production and distribution platform elephy.

Mélanie Peduzzi (°Brittany, 1989) is a Belgian artist, graduated from ENSAV La Cambre in 2013, who works between writing, performance and photography. She develops work protocols that question imposed norms and the power of representation in contemporary, unequal society through actions and images based mainly on her own body. Peduzzi has co-created Les Habitant.e.s des images, an active platform between art, social and politics.

 

28.07 – 31.07

The Consolation of Water Lilies
Eva Giolo, Eva L’Hoest,
Mélanie Peduzzi
Workshop and Exhibition



What does it mean for bodies of water to hold other bodies of water? Should this holding and gestating be considered forms of labor? In what ways can the experience of maternity be lived today?

Following the poetics of hydrocommons proposed by Astrida Neimanis and Sophie Lewis’ amniotechnics, the workshop explored the environmental significance of motherhood and the political ramifications of gestation. Through the reading of relevant texts, the screening of video works by Eva Giolo, Eva L’Hoest, and Mélanie Peduzzi, the participants were invited to reflect upon contemporary questions about pregnancy and caregiving, and share their own experiences. Some of the themes that emerged were: being a mother to other bodies of water, posthuman gestationality, care, motherhood, and the concepts of holding and of gestation.

The final output of the workshop manifested as a zine made from excerpts and fragments of the conversations that emerged during the process. Remnants of the workshop were displayed together with the three aforementioned films and the zine. By visiting the exhibition and flipping through the zine the public was able to ideally enter the same atmosphere that welcomed the first participants.


Curated by
Valentina Bianchi, Natalia Barczyńska

Scenography
Minne De Meyer Engelbeen

Graphic Design
Bodies of Work

Artist Biographies
Eva L’Hoest (°Liège, 1991) produces films and installations about our ancestral connection with water and the human collective memory. L’Hoest graduated from the Master approfondi ULG-ESAVL, Liège (Belgium) in 2015, and her work was recently been shown at Centre d’Art Contemporain de Meymac (France) and at the Rivus, Biennale of Sydney (Australia).

Eva Giolo’s (°Brussels, 1991) is an audio-visual artist working in film, video, and installation. Her work places particular focus on the female experience, employing experimental and documentary strategies to explore themes of intimacy, permanence and memory, along with the analysis of language and semiotics. Her work has been exhibited at Sadie Coles HQ, WIELS, MAXXI, GEM, M HKA, Kunsthalle Wien and major film festivals like Rotterdam, FIDMarseille and Cinéma du Réel. She is a founding member of the production and distribution platform elephy.

Mélanie Peduzzi (°Brittany, 1989) is a Belgian artist, graduated from ENSAV La Cambre in 2013, who works between writing, performance and photography. She develops work protocols that question imposed norms and the power of representation in contemporary, unequal society through actions and images based mainly on her own body. Peduzzi has co-created Les Habitant.e.s des images, an active platform between art, social and politics.