Michel Lorand




FILM 13’25 in loop

Portraits occupy a central position in the work of Michel Lorand. So what could be more natural than tackling a self-portrait? As in other works, it is the dimension of multiplicity and difference that is explored here – hence the title “Self-portraits” in the plural. A series of portraits of the artist’s father and son and the artist himself are filmed as static shots. Each shot is then reworked so as to blend the different figures very subtly. The portraits become a succession of morphings, passing before us in a very slow sequence from the eldest figure to the youngest and then back to the eldest. By the end of this process, the original authentic portraits have disappeared. The film ends up as a long sequence of static shots which literally slide from right to left across the screen. It is in black and white, and silent.