Since its origins and through the centuries, the portrait has changed purpose and style. In the beginning, the portrait was realised in profile. During the Renaissance, it rotated toward a three-quarter angle, until it reached a completely frontal pose. In later centuries the portrait briefly disappeared, leaving place to the landscapes. The come back of the portrait came with experimentation through new shapes and methods. Whether for necessity, commission, or to experiment, countless artists explored this theme with new and exciting results. The last achievement was its connection and mingling with photography, where it took on traits of hyperrealism, realising it in details and in similarity with photographs. The new portrait, or self portrait is the selfie: cliché, yes, but also raw and beautiful, it has become a major component in a style now so far from the classic portrait. In this workshop, starting from the selfie, we will take on the concept of our reflection and depiction. What is the portrait? From italian, ri-tratto: twice drawn. It’s a quest to stop time, but most importantly the search to depict an ambivalence that relates to a somatic sphere and to an emotional one related to one’s experience: how i see myself, how others see me, if i recognise myself. Cutting the portrait in half, breaking down its shape, we will reintegrate it in surreal and fantastical ways. Otherwise, we will recreate it loyally to the image. A simple but complex workshop that will reveal something about ourselves not yet discovered. The pictures and selfies can be sent at firstname.lastname@example.org
or bring the image on a A4 paper the day of the workshop. Saturday 7 October 2023 The workshop will be on reservation. sold out
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