Wednesday 28 July, 6.30-8.30pm
This presentation focuses on perception using the video camera as a movement for the perception of the ‘other’ and an instrument to create awareness and self-awareness. I’m looking at fiction and non-fiction films when the telling of one’s story through the video camera incidentally becomes a cathartic vehicle, comparing this to the telling of one’s story during the analytical process that takes place in the therapeutical space.
Luisa Pretolani Bloom is a filmmaker and a Site-graduated psychotherapist and psychoanalyst working in private practice. After gaining a MA in History of the Middle Ages at Bologna university (Italy), Luisa graduated with a MA in Filmmaking and Media from The New School in New York. When she moved to London in 2011, Luisa became greatly involved with the local community where she co-founded and directed a local association of residents and the charity Draper Together. The aim was to create a network of support whilst sharing tools of empowerment for and with the local residents who were facing one of the greatest regenerations in Europe at the Elephant and Castle.
In 2020 the charity under her direction was awarded Arts Recovery Fund by the Arts Council to keep enabling the local community to explore their own narrative using film, theatre and art after the Covid lockdown. Luisa has volunteered as a therapist for MIND and is a member of the Site Council.
Her film work spanning over 20 years includes the feature documentary Mandy’s Choice, the Italian feature films trilogy Tanabess, Tizca and Berbablù, and the award-winning shorts The Glove, The Lift, Opening Night, Wor/lds.