On 9 March, the visual artist Rubén H. Bermúdez gave a master class as part of the Image Theory course for the students on the Bachelor’s Degree in Film, Journalism and Media Studies (2021-2022). Rubén H. Bermúdez is the author of the photobook And you, why are you black? (2018) and the documentary We all like plantain (2021). His work has been shown in different art spaces, such as Museo Nacional Reina Sofía or CA2M. His film won the audience award and the prize for best national documentary at the DocumentaMadrid festival.
During the three-hour class, the students could watch and discuss the film with the director. Bermúdez also explained his creative processes, emphasising inspiration through previous references, the distinction between the appropriation of images and the “theft” of ideas, collaborative approaches and how to have a personal and social point of view on the topic one is dealing with.
In his lecture, he referred to different audiovisual projects that had inspired him. Here is a list of them:
The Disappeared – A photobook by Verónica Fieiras (2014)
The Watermelon Woman by Cheryl Dunye (1996)
Desenredo by Angélica Dass
Love is the message, the message is death by Arhur Jafa (2016)