‘No, painting is not made to decorate apartments. its an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.’ – Unknown
Guernica by Picasso was intended as an Anti war response to the bombing of Guernica in spain painted in 1937. In order to tackle transferring this iconic but complex painting into moving film we split it into five main sub-narratives all of which had thematic links to destruction and chaos.
Mother and child|
The greatest post production stylistic decision was the overlay of dramatic clashing of lights on the subject. This became an attack ; the colours of fire surrounding the vulnerable mother and her child, her child’s cries growing quieter. Not only did this create a similarly uncomfortable viewing in parallel to the picture itself but distorted parts of the frame to create an abstract picture. If you can only see a pair of eyes in the dark then you are forced to think. I believe this is what Picasso wanted to achieve through this painting and I am confident in our interpretation.
When we first received the picture we would be representing this week to say I felt challenged was an understatement. I have been forced to open my minds to the literally infinite amounts of interpretations to the picture and although at first this picture overwhelmed us, finding my own take on something so busy has ultimately raised my confidence in my analytical ability and how to think outside the box with what I see around me.