Luiza Fagá (Brazil, 2987) is a writer and filmmaker. She graduated in Journalism from Cásper Líbero University (São Paulo, Brazil). As a reporter, she worked for the art magazines Continuum, published by Itaú Cultural Institute, and Efêmero Concreto, produced by the collective AHH! Luiza directed the documentary Bottled Up (2009), nationally broadcasted in Brazil by TV Cultura, and worked as an editor and assistant director in various audiovisual productions, such as the short films Another City (2009), by Coraci Ruiz, and the feature We Others (2013), by Marina Weis.
In 2012, Luiza initiated at the Netherlands Film Academy an artistic research on methods for transcreating literature into audiovisual language. The first result of that research is the experimental short The present is an animal that lives in my stomach (2013), transcreated from an homonymous text written by herself. Luiza currently leads a course on that subject at Oficina de Escrita Criativa (Creative Writing Workshop).
BA Journalism (Cásper Líbero University, São Paulo, Brazil)
Workshop in documentary practice (International School of Film and Television - EICTV, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba)
- Research: Transcreation - Luiza Fagá
- Interview with Luiza Faga: Transcreation
- Master students Maria Ångerman, Luiza Faga, Gwen.n., Anca Oproiu, Jack Faber, Agnese Cornelio and Balint Mark Turi made the short film Revisit together with Artist in Residence Eyal Sivan
The present is an animal that lives in my stomach - director/writer/producer/editor
Artist's statement: Memory, appropriation and archive
As a woman, I’ve appropriated the History of all women – my mother and grandmothers, the feminist movements everywhere and also the oppression. I rearrange its fragments to build my own female identity. Likewise, working with found‐footage is appropriating a collective memory and using it to express one’s own truth.
The present is all we have, but we relate to it through our memories. Those are influenced by the stories we’re told – all together they form our collective memory. Often, the stories we integrate are manipulated by ideologies and hidden agendas. We must therefore actively participate in the creation of our collective memory by telling our stories ourselves. Appropriating our past and transcreating it into our own narratives – our own truths – is a way to achieve empowerment.
Nowadays we have the practical means to do so. The internet is a huge depository of bits and pieces of the past, all asking to be looked upon through diﬀerent perspectives and recombined in narratives that oﬀer new versions of old and current events. Now, more than ever before, History is ours to write.
As an artist, in order to transcreate, I appropriate a work done in one media and recreate it in another. The general relevance of this process is that it demands an active attitude toward the original piece. Watching it from a distance is not enough. We must devour it, digest it, incorporate it and finally create our own account of it.
How to understand with the stomach what the brain has conceived? For me writing is a very rational process whereas filmmaking brings me closer to my guts. As a filmmaker, by transcreating from literature into film, I’m investigating how to write with images, sounds, cuts. As a writer, I’m learning to think with my belly.
- 'The present is an animal that lives in my stomach' (Brazil / Holland, 2013, 10')
Images Festival 2015, Toronto, Canada
20MIN|MAX Kurzfilmfestival 2014, Ingolstadt, Germany
Kratokfil Plus 2014, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- 'Bottled up' (Brazil, 2009, 52')