Retrato Oficial animates the dissimulation and reconstruction of the great liberator of Chile, 19th-century revolutionary and republican Bernardo O’Higgins, and the historical reach of the late-20th-century dictator Augusto Pinochet. Based in part on a conceit borrowed from Raul Ruiz’s essay Images of Images and original footage shot by Patricio Guzman on September 11, 1973, the short video is an exploration of the mediated image and the mnemonic possibilities of video and still image technologies.

Selected Screenings: Lakino Berlin, Images Festival, Signal and Noise, Alucine, Rotterdam Showcase

shooting format(s)/materials: found-images, found-footage, archival audio
projection/exhibition formats: NTSC DV or PAL, BetaSP, digital file to various specifications
aspect ratio: 4:3
running time: 4:10 @ 29.97 fps
sound: stereo
Sound Design: David Harris Smith
Narration: Lawrence Cotton


Moving Image

Retrato Oficial 2009

4:10 minutes / experimental animation / 2009