Retrato de Francisco del Río
Duration: 35’02” min
Original Format: Video HD
Projection format: DCP 2K Estereo
Production: Javier Codesal © 2014 España
Drawings and video editing: Javier Codesal.
Text and Reading: Jesús González Requena.
Production: Casa sin fin.
Some everyday scenes from the life of a person, anchored in the observation of the face from an exceptionally open disposition on the part of the sitter. Allowing oneself to be watched throughout so many shots, in moments of a radically intimate nature, and this because of the urgency of the remaining time much more than because it is about this or that, indicates a desire to sustain the bond of language and life even in the extreme where all this would seem unsustainable.
Javier Codesal (Sabiñánigo, Huesca, 1958) has a degree in Visual and Hearing Image Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid.
Considered one of the pioneers of video art in Spain, his interest in the body and music stand out in his career – present in productions as different as’ Centauro ‘,’ Sábado legionario ‘,’ Los remotos paises de la pena ‘or the exhibition’ Ponte el cuerpo’-, the approach to themes such as pain, death or illness – for example, through the series ‘Dias de Sida’ – and a series of portraits that includes ‘La habitación de rada’ (on the Balkan War), ‘Mario y Manuel’, ‘Portrait of Francisco del Río’ or ‘Mayte’. Two of his other artistic facets are regularly reflected in his works and installations: poetry and drawing.