The story behind
This project was based in the reconstruction of my self portrait and stimulated the organisation of a workshop, where the participants had to reform my portrait in order to investigate the revitalizing ability of the other. How can the other’s impact on us help to shape our own image? The glance, the gaze, the look of the other constitutes a voyage into our lives. My self-portraits as “the other” extend the invitation to the participants of the workshop in order to reconstruct and recreate their self-portrait. This is achieved through collage, painting onto the surface of an image or any other creative tool at hand. By asking the question “Is this me?” the workshop aims to investigate the issue of autism in its social context. In this respect, the autistic individual becomes the person who is displayed, reconstructed and one who takes part in the collective enterprise of society. The face becomes a portrait. The face is governed by the assiduity of the portrait.
"Animating her face into a portrait, Lia Termatzidou transforms her workshop into an Althusserian act: she represents the imaginary relationship of the individual and his conditions of being. It looks as if the individual cannot live as a real subject; he is constantly trapped inside the gaze of the other and the lives of the people around him. At the core of his individuality and familiarity the human being remains free, however in reality he acts as a slave of necessity, of adaptation, of gentrification and of a distorted and incomplete subjectivity."
Veranzerou, Omonia, August 2010
Materials & description
photography printed on canvas and painted with mixed materials.
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