F FOR FONTCUBERTA DIRECTED BY GERARDO PANICHI & DANIELE VILLA; CITRULLO INTERNATIONAL ET AL (ITALY/SPAIN/CANADA, 2005, 57 MIN)
PHOTOGRAPHER IN ATTENDANCE
Joan Fontcuberta emerged from the ashes of the conceptual art movement in late-1970s Spain. Rejecting realistic representation, he sought refuge in the world of daydreams and illusions through photomontage. A giant snail crawls upon a boy sleeping in bed, a white swan swims in an endless desert, human hands dangle from a vine-covered wall. Fontcuberta insists that his pictures are not pranks, but “traps” to force audiences to look closer and realize the power of authenticity that photographs have over them. Aside from profiling this mischievous Catalan photographer, this film raises deeper issues about the manipulation of photographs. what is propaganda?
WORST POSSIBLE ILLUSION: THE CURIOSITY CABINET OF VIC MUNIZ DIRECTED BY ANNE-MARIE RUSSELL; MIXED GREENS (USA, 2001, 54 MIN)
Chocolate syrup, sugar and wire are some of the “ingredients” that go into the visual art of Vic Muniz. Using everyday materials, Muniz constructs pictures and works of art that fool the eye. He photographs wire sculptures that look like line drawings of flowers and creates haunting portraits made of sugar on black paper to portray Caribbean children whose parents labour in sugar cane plantations. This film follows Muniz on a whimsical journey from his Brooklyn studio, to Arizona, where he creates a gigantic bone “excavation” in the desert, to his grandmother living In his native Brazil. Growing up under harsh political regimes, Muniz learned early on that the safest way to communicate was through coded language, like that of a magician. His acclaimed artwork embraces the notion that appearances deceive, but also exudes imagination, play and originality.