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Synopsis: The word Traum means dream in German, but in Italian and English it sounds like the word trauma. TRAUM reminds us of the dream-like reality that trauma can instigate.
In the artist’s own words, “TRAUM addresses domestic violence from the perspective of a survivor who goes in and out of the trauma when telling their condition. Sometimes survivors (both children and adults) act like onlookers because violence (trauma) gave them a detached perspective in order to survive. Sometimes, they find themselves immersed in it with no exit strategy.”
As a piece of performance art, TRAUM aims to articulate the often painfully inexpressible and isolating aspects of trauma. This powerful film offers a space where audience members become collective witnesses to a shared experience of catharsis with an opportunity to share and heal collectively.




Italian; English

Run Time

5 minutes


Silvia Giambrone (actress)

Directed by

silvia giambrone

Written by

silvia giambrone

Produced by

Richard Saltoun Gallery
Studio Stefania Miscetti

Director's Statement

I explore body practices and contemporary body politics making viewers aware of the silent and hidden ways power enters everyday life and affects relationships. I am interested in material culture and image culture and I dig into everyday life and practices to reveal, as it was almost an archeological operation, the signs of both the physical and invisible evidences of the strong connection between violence ad the ‘subjectification’ process.

Director's Bio

Silvia Giambrone (Agrigento, 1981), lives and works between Rome and London.
She works about both the physical and invisible evidences of the strong connection between violence ad the ‘subjectification’ process.
She Wins the 2019 VAF Award, the most important prize for young Italian artists. She has been recently awarded the Best Performance Art award at FAFF for the film TRAUM and Best Cinematography award at Female Feedback Film Festival for the film Domestication. She is an ambassador for Kaunas European City of Culture 2022.
Some of her exhibitions include: W Women in Italian Design, Triennale
Design Museum, Milan (2016); Corpo a corpo, La Galleria Nazionale, Rome
(2017); Terra mediterranea: in action, NiMAC, Nicosia, Cyprus (2017); Wall-
eyes. Looking at Italy and Africa, Keynes Art Mile, Johannesburg (2019); VII
Premio Fondazione VAF, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany (2019); Sovvertimenti,
Museo Novecento, Florence (2019); Nobody’s room. Anzi, parla, Museo del
Novecento, Milan (2020); I say I, La Galleria Nazionale, Rome (2021); Hall of
Shadows, Dior show FW2021, Versailles Castle, France (2021); Mascarilla 19
– Codes of domestic violence, LOOP Festival, Fundació Antoni Tàpies,
Barcelona, Spain (2021); Reclaiming and Making: Art, Desire, Violence,
Museum Of Sex, New York, NY(2022); INTERTWINGLED , La Galleria Nazionale, Rome (2022); Fine Arts Festival, Los Angeles (2022); Female Feedback Film Festival, Los Angeles / Toronto (2022); Lady Filmmaker Film Festival, Beverly Hills, CA (2022); Mill of performing Art, Larissa, Greece (2022); San Francisco Arthouse Festival (2022); Accolade Global Film Festival (2022); Ediplay International Film Festival (2022).


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