DIEGO OSPINA MELO
"As an artist I find myself most of the time returning to film as my preferred language and space that allows me to give form to my interpretations. In my work I prefer to use storytelling to reflect on social and cultural issues where I find it important to engage with audiences and society in general".
Diego Ospina Melo is an visual artist from Colombia, born in 1984. He lives since 2012 in Amsterdam, where in 2020 he graduated from DOGtime "Unstable Media department" at the Rietveld Academy. Due to this program Diego was able to develop his visual style further a collaboration between video installation, video art, performance and cinematography.
THE HUNTER - Short Film
The Hunter wakes up every day without any fear of the force of nature, he doesn't need
camouflage, he lives in times of wild technology, to survive he has to move fast, like the speed of light, for that reason he dreams of being a real star.
Length: 26 min
Language: No languaje with englighs or spanish text
Description of my project:
My film is a surrealistic /fantastic film. Everything in the film happens in some sort of dystopian universe. “The Hunter” is a kind of modern and civilized elegant person (a business man so to say) that lives in a strange wild dimension where he tries to survive.
The film consists of a symbolic representation of time, specific situations and performances relating to the activities and rituals of life. In this film I will try to explore this new system and give new meaning and value to symbols, objects and actions.
This film is a kind of fable, a personal metaphor of life “Born, learn, master and conquer” where I want to present and represents the forces of nature and the forces of culture and where these two are blended. It is difficult to differentiate what is natural, artificial, organic, synthetic, analogue, digital, spiritual, virtual, reality, imagination; where there might be no need to distinguish between these differences and it is easier finding meaning to existences without differentiating.
My film is a combination of performances, portrayed objects and staged dramatics scenes. Since the beginning of this project I had in mind to make a work that doesn't have any dialogues or spoken words, I wanted to make a very symbolic work avoiding any language.
Contact me if you want to see the film.
I CAN MAKE IT LOOK NICE
"I can make it look nice” is serie of videos with attractive images and content for commercial purposes. With this idea of commodity fetishism I aim to represent new functionalities and sensations.
"I can make it look nice” Is a work in progress, and will be presented on a youtube channel, other social media or like a series of ads or on my website.
PENANCE - Short Film
A painter has been mysteriously murdered in the village, the church priest in protest of this violent act has decided to organize the burial accompanied by a great procession to the cemetery in honor of this artist, every person who knew the deceased and who owns one of his paintings is asked to bring it to the funeral procession to honor the artist’s work. Pedro Mogollón, a naive and humble farmer; Together with his wife he must attend this event. The crowd of people with paintings in the procession are countless, Pedro begins to believe that his painting can become worth a fortune and his imagination takes the better of him, he fantasizes about everything he could do with that money. Surprisingly this small-town event will become one of the most incredible tributes ever made to an artist in the village, but it turns out to be a terrible trap for Pedro one where he must pay a penance.
FULL FILM: You can watch the film here online, click play on the video.
Length: 15 min
Language: Spanish with englighs subtitles
Penance a independent short film made in 2017. The movie was an original idea written by me and made with my own resources and with the help of my family, friends and the local municipality. It is not easy making independent movies without a budget or strategic partners and it turned out to be an ambitious and challenging project.
The film is shot in the region, Santander Colombia, where I come. The crew consisted of friends that work in video productions and the cast consists of local people, artists and villagers that wanted to participate in the project. The complete process of making this film from writing to presentation was a little less than a year.
I have a fascination for storytelling and narrative. I was exploring a new productive way in how to make economical films
using simple techniques. I worked in a series of videos, very personal ideas, where I tried to work only with myself and
the camera. The idea was to explore narrative with minimal elements and the use of myself as an object and subject.