April is a collection of self-portraits developed between 2013 and 2015. Since my interest in photography began, I been dedicated mostly to self-portraiture. I use my own body and personal and living spaces to create these images, with film and instant photography as my medium. In coming up with this series, I was operating with the concept of having an inner and outer world bound by the limits set by my body, human consciousness, and nature.
These dimensions are tied together by introversion and introspection, with which gravitas, sensuality, and the trappings of solitude are interlocked, preserved like fine mementos by one’s bedside. Each image is lathered in grit and muted shades as if simulating time and the timelessness of antiquities; previously antiquated emotions, after all, are revived and tended to when one is thrust within the confines of a safe space. Such is unperturbed by the stringent axioms of the industrial world as well as the harrowing expectations of an entitled majority.
April is a safe space.
Celeste Ortiz is a chilean photographer dedicated mostly to self portraiture. She has participated in group shows and screenings in Chile, Argentina, Austria, UK, Spain, Poland, USA, Mexico, Romania, Belgium, France and Indonesia. In 2014, she had a solo exhibition as part of an art residency in Valaparaiso (Chile).
Celeste has also been featured and interviewed in a large number of blogs, fanzines, online and printed magazines from all across the globe. She was included in the “2nd Anthology of Young Photography Fotoespacio Chile 2012-2013” in 2013. Celeste has a diploma in digital photography from ARCOS Institute (Santiago) and currently lives in her hometown, San Antonio.