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The Lost Paracosmist

Artist: Josephina van de Water
Year: 2018-2020
Country: Belgium
Video Duration

Video duration: 11:29

The lost paracosmist is an animated short film about the imaginary island of Paper land which is inhabited by a colorful collection of talking animals. As in every fable, imagination is closely accompanied by reflection. The topics covered in this allegory are anything but childish: territorial disputes, political and religious authority, and mechanisms of exclusion and esteem all make an appearance, allowing inequality and frustration to creep into this seemingly safe cosmos. While The lost paracosmist focuses on the irresistible charms of storytelling, it also warns the audience to beware of stories. They have the power to contort our perception of the world and disturb our relationship with reality.

This series of slideshows have been recorded in order to create new artistic and educational opportunities for the Futures Talents - the photographers that are part of Futures platform.

In 2020 Tbilisi Photo Festival has joined the FUTURES - Europe based photography platform co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Futures bring together the global photography community to support and nurture the professional development of emerging artists across the world.




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