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Cinco Retratos de una Mujer Sentada

Iván Marino
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In this piece, the artist Iván Marino, offers us once again, just as he did in  Un Día Bravo, a visual essay centred around his aunt Rosita Bravo, an old woman who seems to suffer some kind of senile dementia. On this occassion Marino explores five different locations or situations, in which we find the woman carrying out a number of tasks, such as eating, taking a walk or caressing her rosary beads. Within these supposedly trivial activities Marino manages to find and make us think about madness, physical decadence and the limits of life.

The artist’s camera, attentive to detail, focuses on a series of smaller details which fill this portrait, which otherwise would seem cold and indifferent, with warmth. Rosita’s nail polish, her lost gaze, the movement of her hand as she lets herself be taken around in her wheelchair, all of this reminds us of the fact that, behind this wrinkled face lies a person capable of having fun and strong emotions, of pushing the limits of her life to new places and sensations.

With this interesting work, Marino not only offers us a study on the human being, he also gives way to innumerable questions about time and its passing, about life and old age, about the onlooker and the state of being looked at. The artist manages to weave together and finally consolidate a relationship with his aunt. This is a relationship which is sometimes difficult, but remains nevertheless always extremely close. His aunt, who seems to live absentmindedly indifferent to her surroundings, does once in a while look directly at the camera, proud of herself and looking for  Marino’s complicity.

Short after this video was shot, Rosita Bravo passed away. This is therefore a discreet monument in her memory.

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  • Title: Cinco Retratos de una Mujer Sentada
  • Direction: Iván Marino
  • Production: Iván Marino. 2005.
  • Duration: 00:14:01
  • Languages: English
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright