Autorretrato Colombiano – American Self-portrait
Autorretrato Colombiano – American Self-portrait is a film that analyzes and plays with the stereotypes that are often used to define someone. In this case, the imposed identity I receive from people depending on what I look like, and whether I am in Colombia or in the US. As a US-born, Colombian immigrant back in the US, my identity constantly fluctuates with context. With this film, I wanted to blur the lines of those rigid boxes we often get placed in, and by manipulating my hair and clothing, create a spectrum of performed identities, rather than a concrete one.
Camilo Cárdenas is an interdisciplinary and project-based artist working primarily in film/video, animation, installation and performance. His films have been exhibited internationally in Germany, South Korea, Colombia, Canada and the USA. Cárdenas has conducted research in the Colombian Amazon, studying Shamanism and connections to contemporary art. As a Colombian immigrant in the USA, his artistic practice focuses on identity formation, fluidity, and belonging. Proficient in analogue filmmaking, such as 16mm and Super 8, Camilo also works with digital media and alternative film mediums.
Autorretrato Colombiano – American Self-portrait (video still)
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