This two-channel video installation presents radical gardening strategies in Turkey and observes matrilineal mechanisms of knowledge transmission. In Kırşehir, Central Anatolia, three generations of women occupy their enclosed garden, working to the rhythm of the seasons. Their work on the land and the care they give to plants, their way of embracing natural cycles, suggest the importance of sharing knowledge, community spirit, support, hope and resilience in a patriarchal context. Simultaneously unfolding is the story of Şahmaran. Rocks, caves and crevices evoke the folktale of the snake woman who transmits earthly and otherworldly knowledge and wisdom down through her daughters, until she is betrayed and her matrilineal line is broken. 

Two channel HD colour video installation with 5.1 sound

Artist & Script: Corinne Silva
Editor: Lara Garcia Reyne