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La Artefacta2015

  • 3.5
Nicola Costantino is one of Latin America's most controversial and admired visual artists. With often macabre imagery rooted in a violence that pervades the history of Argentina, she is known for provocative works, such as lifelike casts of animals, soap constructed out of fat liposuctioned from her own body and clothes and accessories made of male nipple casts. Filmmaker Natalie Cristiani makes her directorial debut with this gorgeous cinematic tribute to Costantino, drawing audiences into her dark and mysterious work and the rigorous process of preparing to exhibit her latest work at the 55th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. As much as this film is a portrait of Costantino, it also uniquely pulls us into her art, making viewers into participants. - Heather Haynes

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Beautiful, articulate Argentine accent, beautiful Argentina, both city and country, and an artist's work that is not comforting but grippingly insightful and innovative. A first-rate documentary.

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Beautiful, articulate Argentine accent, beautiful Argentina, both city and country, and an artist's work that is not comforting but grippingly insightful and innovative. A first-rate documentary.

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Fascinating artist and a well done, seamless documentary but at the end, this woman just felt ultra indulgent and exploitive. Posing nude with slabs of dead meat? I found it banal.

The very best art documentary film I have ever seen. I am so impressed by the boldness and rightness of her transgressive art alongside her normal very healthy life as a mother, daughter, worker in her studio. She gives life in the kitchen new meaning, without ever being violent or frightening us. BUT SHE SURE AS HELL MAKES US THINK.