“Live Portraits” is an ongoing project by Leonardo Vargas (Kinderdijk Project’s Artist) presenting a series of portraits on real time before specific audiences. The project aims to make portrait (one of the most traditional genres in painting, photography and other visual systems of representation) engage with reflections on aspects of time and material presence. The action and process of portraying is presented itself as a portrait built at a specific moment in time before a particular audience at a specific place.
The portraits are projections made in large scale conditioned by the space in which they are presented and by the duration of the action, not by the physicality of an object since they are not presented as paintings or photographies. Though the portrait is presented through a live narrowcast on real time, the portrayed subject will never be physically present before the camera and -of course- either, before the spectators at the time the action is executed. The portraits are made based on pre-existing images. However, documentation is made and pictures taken at the actual venue where each session takes place are presented as fragments of the portraits, showing moments of an action that will not be executed twice in the same way.
These are some images from the first session presented at “Saint Germain”, Amsterdam on June the 16th 2012 :
See also: http://leonardovargas.weebly.com/