Submission
Isidora Gilardi

Lady of Situations

Solo show at Galerie Perpétuel, Frankfurt am Main. Pigment inkjet prints from analog photographs; Tridacna shells; high relief on wall, plaster; 3D print of a bronze head from a statue of Hypnos (c. 3rd century BC), Jackdaw wing (Corvus monedula, legally taken from the wild in the UK by licensed pest controllers) and cord; song 2:45 min, Tridacna shell as a speaker. Dimensions variable.


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Hypnos as a Chonchón
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Heart of a mother
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Greylag goose
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Song
[audio src="http://isidoragilardi.com/images/Lady-of-Situations/Grammar-of-Birds.mp3" /]

A SONG

2:45 min
— playing every 15 min

songwriting: Josefina Gilardi
lyrics : Josefina Gilardi & Isidora Gilardi

Grammar of Birds

(don’t slide away)
Words are birds

No man is so guileless
as the serpent

Yet are thought to be
an omen for disgrace
— From dread
they were put to death

Need to protect
fix the slits
would never break
the ripple

Winding bodies in a lair
Melampous cherished those little snakes

[chorus]
hellebore
hellebore
hellebore
hellebore

A somnolent afternoon
sunlight drenching the eyelids
a gleam gliding in the grass
a hiss in the ear
wetting the ear’s spiral

No lie in a forked tongue
that cleanses the ear
reveals the grammar
of birds & creatures
a gift of tongues

Words are birds

[chorus]
hellebore
hellebore
hellebore
hellebore