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31 second Stop Motion film, 2015


Spell by Fiammetta Horvat is a component of my exploration of birth rites and body transformations. Five years ago I fell pregnant, and inevitably the transformation of my body began. I experienced motherhood as the ultimate transformation and birth as the ultimate rite of passage. I had entered the state of creator in it’s most natural, primitive and mysterious form. I undertook to look closely at the most surprising transformations of all, the distortion of a body to give life. It is the most ancient search in humanity; its mysteries are at the roots of all legends and rituals. I am reading my transformed body as a key to understand the mythological and social initiations that all cultures have cultivated. I translate these birth cycles into images. With the amulets and the exvotos the film Spell evokes the conjuration and incantation around the phenomenon of birth.