The film Mouthless Part I (2020) presents a fragmented folk horror narrative that explores history, ritual, myth, and the relationship between humans and nature, using witchcraft as a transhistorical and transcultural signifier. Based on historical events and mythic tales, the duo intertwine references to witch trials in and around the Fribourg area, Eastern European folklore, magical rites, and contemporary healing practices. In MOUTHLESS, the artists combine footage of performers collectively reading texts with animations of morphing organic shapes and landscapes and scenes shot in the forest. The video can be considered a ritualistic chant or call to communicate with the deceased and the harmed whether they are human, animal, or tree. It is accompanied by an olfactory installation that simulates the smell of wet soil, triggering a partly unconscious, visceral experience in the body.
Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė are an artist duo established in 2013 and based in Basel. They are both graduates of the Royal College of Art in London (2012). Their work spans performance, installation, fragrance, sculpture, painting and video. They have exhibited widely internationally and are recent recipients of CERN Collide Residency Award (2022) and the Swiss Performance Art Award (2021). The duo are also the founders of YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP (2013–2021).
With support from Pro Helvetia.