Theresa Ortolani, PDN Multimedia Winner

Saudade: Name of the Father was selected as one of 11 PDN Photo Annual 2016 Multimedia Winners©TheresaOrtolani_00Earlier this year, the project was awarded Honorable Mention by the International Photography Awards in five categories: Portrait, Culture, Photo Essay, Deeper Perspective, and Moving Image

create_hmention_seal.phpSaudade: Name of the Father was also selected as a 2015 VISURA Multimedia Grant 1st Place Finalist, and a selection of photographs were included in the 2015 Seoul International Photo Festival and the New York Photo Festival

The feature length version of the film, Produced and Directed by Theresa Ortolani, is slated for 2017 release.

2016 ICP-Bard MFA, Theresa Ortolani is a PhD candidate in The European Graduate School’s Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought Division
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Focusing on the action, not the result

Thursday, 11:09 AM. I’ve basically had nothing to eat since dinner on Tuesday, and slept four hours a night for the past week. I was talking to someone after the crit of the show yesterday, and was telling him that while painting the studio the night before I realized I had never painted the walls for my own show. The thought startled me, I’ve been so busy and immersed in trying to get all prints made, papers written, walls painted and mid board books sent to print (all while trying to keep my personal life from falling apart), that I didn’t realize that the materialization of everything I’ve been working on for the last year was happening right in front of my eyes, and I was an integral part of making it happen, we all were.
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Edits Self

SlideFest has come and gone. It’s a relief really. I am not much of a performer, and somewhere along the way ICP-Bard’s annual event to showcase first year work turned from a slide presentation to full-on theater. It says a lot about the experimental and creative nature of this program.

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Courtesy of Jamie Liles.

For me, I needed a work-around for the fact that I am awful at documenting my work. Most photographers have it easy—digital files or scanable negatives—my large-scale photographic chemical abstractions aren’t as easy to digitize. I also don’t feel like I have the right words yet to describe my process.  Or at least to make it sound more interesting than: something about photography, experimentation and the sheer pleasure of being in the darkroom (it’s sexy).

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Reflections upon Slidefest.

 
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Marvin Heiferman has been a great inspiration for all of us this semester. Slidefest has been a collaboration pushing and moving us as a class. We realized that being busy together we would agree much more on decisions and trust one another as colleagues. I feel we have improved in pure process. Each of us has our own unique qualities, others can learn from. My own work has developed during Slidefest and the group show: from at first being set on The Idea on interviewing everybody from ICP on how we today move between Mix Medias. How we do not neccessarily have to do photography to do a MFA. I would have liked to hear voices from everyone on that subject. But moving with the development of my own work I found that it was more relevant to ask myself these questions, digging deeper in my own process of creating. I ended up doing a 5 min.’s video on my current work, filming silkworms in their process from the creation of their cocoons, their transformation. Moving towards questions and ideas such as: how do we live today? – how do we move and how do we live ? How we follow patterns created by others and how we have let ourselves been placed in boxes.

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Instead of placing silkworms in my cell sculptures, I have placed people, almost as a nest of people. We move in sections and all of us are doing the same as animals. We eat- sleep-love-create-transform- build and die like silkworms.Slidefest has giving me a deeper insight of my own work. and made me ready for the summer and the next semester, allowing myself to let my work explore and be free in my process. That i’ts ok to shift and change plans to allow yourself to float with your inner stream, learn and transform.

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