Autoportrait

Directed by Simone Fattal
| 1971/2012 | French | Arabic & English | 46 minutes

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In 1971, artist Simone Fattal visited a Museum of Modern Art exhibition of artists’ self-portraits that included all mediums except video. So, upon returning home to Beirut, she decided to make a video self-portrait. At first the camera stands in for the canvas or sketch paper, but the filmed portrait gradually captures the artist revealing herself, unraveling over time—by turns nervous, playful, introspective, inquisitive, disarmingly unrehearsed, and evocatively intimate. Ultimately the camera becomes a mirror, reflecting both the artist’s enactment of a portrait and our gaze, discovering, staring.