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06/24/2014 05:10 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Zhenya Gershman Asks: What if Art Brings Our Ancestors to Life

by Zhenya Gershman, Artist & Art Historian, Co-Founder, Project AWE

What if the body is turned into a canvas?

What if a painting is made on the skin?

What if ancestors are made visible portrayed directly on their relative?

What if the portrait is animated by the movement of the body?
Skin-4, short film by Carlos Hurtado
SKIN-4 is a powerful collaboration between the renowned painter Zhenya Gershman, performance artist Annabel Simma, photographer Michele Mattei, and Oscar nominated filmmaker Carlos A. Hurtado, blurring the accepted boundary between past and present, living and dead, still and animate, 'me' and 'us'.

"Freedom of expression with a focus that can touch those who carry the song and the visual memories of immigrant ancestry."

-- M A Greenstein


image credit: Michelle Mattei Photography painted by Zhenya Gershman