REFRAMING THE ARTIST (35', Netherlands, 2010)

 

Winner of the Principal Prize OBERHAUSEN 2012, REFRAMING THE ARTIST introduces to us the copy painters from Dafen Oil Painting Village in China, the world's largest producer of handmade copies after famous paintings. The Dutch visual artist SASCHA POHLE re-enacts scenes from popular movies about art and artists, like FRIDA, MODIGLIANI, THE GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, POLLOCK etc., having as actors these copy painters. As the copy makers “re-create” the works of art, SASCHA POHLE “re-creates” in these scenes the stereotypical representations of the visual artist in cinema, making us reevaluate our own views on art and artists.

Director: SASCHA POHLE

With the support of:

  

 

Screenplay: SASCHA POHLE

Cinematography: ERIC LAU, SASCHA POHLE

Editing: SASCHA POHLE

Sound: TRAINHEAD

Producer: SASCHA POHLE

Production: THE NETHERLANDS FILM FUND



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Director's contact: saschapohle[at]yahoo[dot]com

 

 

From the metaphorical representation of the fear of death in SAFETY HOUR to the tourist world of the 2004 THE SWIMMER, to the questions about the artistist's status and his stereotypical representation in REFRAMING THE ARTIST, SASCHA POHLE's filmography  is one extravagant post-modernist journey. The Asian world is a common theme following his three residencies in South Korea. He had numerous exhibitions in Europe and Asia and his films were also screened in festivals such as Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Curtas Vila do Conde. Completing his profile, the artist also sustains debates and lectures in Seoul, Amsterdam and Berlin.

 

Principal Prize - Oberhausen 2012 / Rotterdam 2011 / HomeShop Beijing 2011 / Dafen International Contemporary Art Exhibition 2010 / Taipei International Art Center 2010 / Arti et Amicitae Amsterdam 2010

 

"REFRAMING THE ARTIST deals with the stereotypical representations of visual artists in movies. (...) Fragments from approximately 50 different movies such as Pollock, Surviving Picasso or The Moderns are reset in the Dafen Oil Painting Village. Copy painters take over the role of amateur actors by re-enacting fragments of various artist movie scenes. Dafen, situated in Shenzhen, China, is the world's largest producer of mass-produced handmade oil-on-canvas copy paintings supplying a global market mainly sourced from Western art. Mass production of oil painting copies and the recurrent use of artist stereotypes in the mass media film converge to a new narrative overlapping fiction and documentary. REFRAMING THE ARTIST raises questions about the context of cultural export, reinforcement of fiction and the internalization of antecedent media images. The video challenges the view of the “exotic” other, both the visual artist and the Chinese copy painter. REFRAMING THE ARTIST is a loop installation. It’s repetitive character allows the viewer anytime to step in an out of the screening. The video is structured into five chapters: Artist and Authenticity, Artist and Market, Artist and Crisis, Artist and Student, Artist and Model." (SASCHA POHLE)

 

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