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Artist Jordi Robert (b. 1964 Barcelona) has an extensive background in commercial filmmaking and Photography. He creates short films and installations using innovative visual narratives with a strong emphasis on unconventional editing techniques. His artistic work focuses on the human being, exploring emotions and relationships. His work has been selected for several film festivals and exhibitions in Spain and the UK. Most recently his work Eladia was finalist at the Notodo short films festival in Madrid and it will also be shown in September 2017 at Outpost gallery, Portland.
I am a Catalan visual artist resident in the UK. I have a particular interest in finding new ways to tell stories, often using my camera as a catalyst. I respond to my everyday experiences and current social issues using these as a starting point, adopting both documentary and conceptual approaches. Complex human relationships and basic emotions fascinate me. I capture the private, the unfamiliar and the different to gain and share an insight through photography, film or video installations.
My work Graham (2016) is a short film which focuses on a broken relationship between two parents and the battle for the custody of their daughter. Edited using the jump-cut technique, I explore the stereotypes and clichés towards fathers’ and mothers’ by playing with the illusion of two stories being told and the awkward situation created between two confronted characters. Although personal, my work aims to connect with the audience at both an emotional and intellectual level. More recently I explored ideas about time, space, and memory and how these concepts impact our identity, resulting in the video installation Eladia (2017), which includes sound recordings, home made films from the 60’s, pictures from a family album and the images that I captured in a nursing home. The installation is not only an invitation to submerge in a journey to the past and nostalgia, but more importantly, to reflect about the cruel reality of dementia and its social and personal repercussions. At the core of my work is an inquisitive exploration of the human being, trying to understand who we are.