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Artistic motivations with ‘Portraiture Documentaries’

Portraying Artist is artistic research questioning the role of the artist in relation to new historicism. Filmic trajectory allows me to write history with moving image. Art history discipline has been critical on own methodology during the last three decades. The role of the artist has been questioned under several points: in relation to social changes as human rights, gender question, identity in globalised condition. The function of art history discipline has been criticised in its euro-centered criteria’s and in its methodological structure classifying artworks under a periodical or genre title. Art historical communication and conveying information/knowledge criteria’s and language is criticised to be too academic, specialised and less involving for a larger audience. In terms of these considerations, Portraying Artist reformulates the role of the artist as a creative thinker to react to these actual historical concerns. The main question is to translate the knowledge and theoretical hypothesis from a verbal form into visual expression.


Portraying a person is an act of looking from one side to another one, it is a temptation to give a visual insight to the other one. Filming portraiture as documentation of the artistic process is a work of visual and verbal elaboration on artistic practice and documentation on work in progress of the artist. It is a form of a dialogue between two artists. It is a collaboration of two professionals coming from the instinct of transforming material and building a new meaning. The common goal is to give an insight into the process of creation. The information about artwork comes at first hand from the origin, more practical and instinctive and less intellectualised. 


Portraying artist through (telling the story through) moving image conveys the possibility to translate information to experience. Filmic trajectory with its qualities to describe moving image and sound communicates time-based information in pictures. The artist transforms from the abstract ghost status to a living person. His /her own voice, a way of expression, body language, own environment gives to the viewer a piece of warmer humanistic information about the creative mind. 

Film structure allowed to make visible different processes of development of the artistic practice. The viewer is the witness of the progression with all the complications of the creative process. The artwork is perceived as an end result of o process and not anymore as a final work.  

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