FACESCAPES explores the human condition concentrating on the many fundamentals of life that we all share. FACESCAPES is made up of both photos and film used together and separately. So far we have covered Australia, China and France. We have covered 15 topics all of which will be put together as separate films incorporating each country. We still have at least another nine countries we want to cover.
Whilst we have all these differences there are some fundamental truths and fundamental similarities between all of us and if we can identify and take those similarities and expand them and make them work together exploring them amongst the different cultures we could maybe see that having all these similarities that should bring us closer together rather than argue using our differences as our base.
denis piel - photographer - filmmaker
Time and its footprints are the topic of Piel’s film and photographs. This interest veers in two directions. One, the momentary effects of time, in which he records the minute by minute changes that occur in human life….. These are the residues of recent moments, small instances of time that mark the minutes and hours of the day.
….. in the Facescapes, Piel has turned away from the commodified body towards the socialized body. The clue to his newest photographs lies in the films that run parallel to them in form and content. His cinema project is ambitious, where he is in search of some larger overarching meaning that he seeks to know….
…… “Our skin,” writes Diane Ackerman “is what stands between us and the world. It imprisons us but it also gives us individual shape, protects us from invaders, cools us down or heats us up.”
Memory Holloway teaches contemporary art history at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where she is on the executive board of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. She has written Making Time: Picasso’s Suite 347 (2006) and Paula Rego: Open Secrets (1999), exhibited in Massachusetts and Paris at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and has worked as art critic in London, New York and Australia.p