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Magical Flora from the series Antonia's Garden, 2011
Magical Flora from the series Antonia's Garden, 2011
Magical Flora from the series Antonia's Garden, 2011

Magical Flora from the series Antonia's Garden, 2011

Marisa Portolese

– 3990, Rue Notre Dame, Ouest


http://www.marisaportolese.com

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Mes explorations du portrait contemporain cherchent à élucider certains aspects de l'expérience humaine, en lien avec l'environnement physique et psychologique. Touchant les questions plus vastes de l'identité, ainsi que du rôle et de la position du spectateur, j'essaie d'entremêler le geste, l'affect et le tracas qu'on peut lire dans le regard de mes sujets afin de créer un paysage émotionnel dans lequel peut s'immerger.

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Portraiture, the representations of women, childhood, youth culture, narrative and autobiography are major and recurrent themes within my work. I usually produce large-scale color photographs, which juxtapose human figures with landscape and still life. I concentrate on elucidating facets of human experiences in relation to psychological and physical environments, relating to larger themes concerning identity and spectatorship. I attempt to weave together gesture, affect, and the nuances of my subjects’ gaze, to create an immersive and emotional landscape for the viewer. I am interested in the relationship between the fixed photographic portrait and the moving image and I often use the gallery space for creating narrative. Borrowing from cinematic strategies, I construct introspective poses that suggest a story. Through the physiognomy, expression, and the staging of my subjects, I try to capture the narrative potential within each still image.