The photo model that would not be filmed

SKY LENSELUS: The camera-dependent photo model is now shredding the son's worn-out documentary, while criticizing the image-driven model industry she has had as a livelihood.

Soldiers is a Latvian film director, curator and publicist.
Published: 2020-01-01
The Disappearance of My Mother

Beniamino Barrese (Italy)

Beniamino Barrese is a photographer and naturally fascinated by photos - both photo and film. He tries to immortalize his 76-year-old mother, Benedetta Barzini, on film, but encounters tough resistance. The mother is a former top model from the fashion industry, but has become a feminist and tries to get away from filming. "F ** k off!" She says to the film camera. From seeking attention in front of the camera, she is now very critical of the image-driven fashion industry. The Disappearance of My Mother is a film about two strong personalities on collision course and with completely different views of the world.

The conflict between the two opens up a discussion about the importance of the visual in our modern society, and the mother's background is set in a larger cultural and socio-political context. Barrese accidentally discovers her mother's model portfolio and is surprised to see her pictured on the cover of fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. In the 1960s, celebrities such as Andy Warhol and Richard Avedon were in their mother's circle. Barrese is curious and would like to merge the mother's different sides - the mother as he knows her, and the top model he sees pictured. It will be a project that documents a love-and-hate relationship with photography, pictures and film and at the same time shows some of the dynamics between mother and son.


What happened to her mother, Benedetta Barzini? She was Feminist into adulthood. We get to know her as she teaches students a critical look at the modeling industry and the way women are portrayed. Benedetta showcases pictures of beautiful girls covered in leaves and other things from nature. "What does this represent?" She asks the students. They do not understand where she wants to go, and she answers the question herself: "The photographs sell the idea that women symbolize nature, while man represents reason and thought." shall appear.

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