Saudade: Name of the Father was selected as one of 11 PDN Photo Annual 2016 Multimedia WinnersEarlier 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
Saudade: 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
Images, Video, Story ©TheresaOrtolani 2016
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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.
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.
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).