What is The Self-portrait Experience?

WHAT IS THE SELF-PORTRAIT EXPERIENCE®?  (texto en español)

A self-portrait is an image, painting, sculpture, drawing or photograph whose subject is the maker of the artwork. To produce a photo self-portrait is to represent oneself or one aspect of oneself, literally or symbolically, using the camera. 

First of all let's define the difference between self-portrait and "selfie":

A “selfie” is an image of oneself produced with a smartphone or tablet, while living a certain situation. The author controls his own image as desired and publishes it, often immediately, in the social networks. The selfie is external image, public image. In the selfie, it’s more important how you appear than the artistic quality of the image.

A self-portrait is our inner image, our private image. It is generally produced in a longer lapse of time, in a situation centered on the creative process. It springs from the inner life of the author, who is also subject and spectator. He does not control the image, on the contrary, it’s the creative process which allows the unconscious to speak with the language of art. The self-portrait is a profound dialogue with oneself, guided by the author’s vulnerability.

The power of the self-portrait work of art resides in the fact that the inner, private image is made public. Inner image becomes public image…

The Self-Portrait Experience is a method which is based on Spanish artist Cristina Nuñez's experience, using the photo self-portrait for over 25 years to explore herself in every possible situation, to stimulate her creative process, to improve self-knowledge and self-esteem and thus, empower herself.

In the self-portrait as proposed in this method we are, at the same time, author, subject and spectator, and the powerful dynamics between the three roles stimulates the unconscious creative process and allows us to transform our emotions into artworks. Working on human inner life, the self-portrait project is a "mother project", which can generate many other projects, even with other artistic disciplines.

The method is a journey through all aspects of your life, in three parts, with several self-portrait exercises in each part:

ME : individual self-portraits

  • Emotions
  • essence
  • competencies or skills
  • character representation
  • body
  • places
  • self-portrait without me
  • roots

ME AND THE OTHER : relationship self-portraits with:

  • family members
  • lover
  • friends
  • unknown people
  • work or study colleagues
  • boss or teacher
  • dog

ME AND THE WORLD: your relationship with society

  • exploration of one’s own communities (self-portrait with family, work, neighbourhood)
  • Self-portraits with unknown people in town, or in other communities where we don’t belong
  • interaction with media images or with the history of art

The method consists of taking self-portraits following the instructions for each exercise and then working on the images with the group, using the given criteria for the perception and choice of the works (see section Material and resources). Then you will learn to work on the dialogue between works and build your own self-portrait project, the beginning of your autobiographical project.

You can follow the method in Nuñez's live workshops (group or individual), or on this online platform.

Training for self-portrait facilitators:

Becoming a self-portrait facilitator means using a registered and extremely effective and innovative method and practice with a vast professional potential. The complete training for self-portrait facilitators of this method consists in 2 cycles:

1 - Complete self-portrait workshop (Me, Me and the Other, Me and the World). 3 months (in one or more workshops).

2 - Training for facilitators: how to apply the method on other people. 4 months.

We have just launched a workshop in English on the first part ME, which lasts one month. During the fall 2014 we will launch a new workshop on the second and third parts.

If you want to become a self-portrait facilitator and use this method with others, you must first experience the complete method on yourself and create a self-portrait project. This can be pursued in this online platform or following Nuñez's live complete workshops (Milan or Barcelona). Soon in this online platform, we will offer new workshops for facilitators about the application of this method on other people.

QUÉ ES THE SELF-PORTRAIT EXPERIENCE®?

Un autorretrato es una imagen (pintada, dibujada, esculpida, fotografiada, filmada…) cuyo sujeto es el autor de la obra. Realizar un autorretrato fotográfico significa representarse a uno mismo o un aspecto de uno mismo, literalmente o simbólicamente, utilizando una cámara.

The Self-Portrait Experience® es un método creado por la artista española Cristina Nuñez, basado en su experiencia personal de más de 25 años utilizando el autorretrato para explorar todos los aspectos de su vida, para estimular su proceso creativo, aumentar autoconocimiento y autoestima, y así fortalecerse.

En el autorretrato como lo propone The Self-Portrait Experience® somos, al mismo tiempo, autor, sujeto y espectador, y la potente dinámica entre los tres roles estimula el proceso creativo inconsciente y nos permite convertir nuestras emociones en obras de arte fotográfica. Trabajando sobre la interioridad humana, el proyecto de autorretrato es un proyecto madre, cuya fertilidad genera muchos otros proyectos, incluso con otras disciplinas artísticas.

El método es una exploración de todos los aspectos de la propia vida, a través de una serie de ejercicios, divididos en tres partes:

YO: autorretratos individuales

  • Emociones
  • Esencia
  • Competencias
  • Personajes
  • Cuerpo
  • Lugares
  • Autorretrato sin mí
  • Raíces

YO Y EL OTRO: autorretratos de la relación, con:

  • Miembros de tu familia
  • Partner
  • Amigos
  • Desconocidos
  • Colegas de estudio o trabajo
  • Jefe/a, profesor/a o maestro/a
  • Mascota

YO Y EL MUNDO: tu relación con el mundo:

  • Autorretratos con los propios grupos (familia, trabajo, vecinos, etc)
  • Autorretratos con desconocidos en la ciudad o en otras comunidades a las que no se pertenece
  • Interacción con imágenes de los medios de comunicación o con la historia del arte.

El método consiste en realizar autorretratos siguiendo las instrucciones de cada ejercicio y trabajar en grupo sobre las imágenes realizadas, utilizando los criterios dados para la percepción y elección de las obras (ver el material y los recursos). Luego trabajamos con el diálogo entre ellas y aprendemos a construir el propio proyecto de autorretrato, que es un inicio del proyecto autobiográfico. Se puede seguir el método en los talleres presenciales (individuales o de grupo) de Cristina Nuñez, o bien online en esta plataforma.

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Formación para facilitadores de autorretrato:

Formarse como facilitador de este método tiene numerosas posibilidades profesionales, y significa enseñar un método registrado, muy eficaz e innovador.

La formación completa para facilitadores de autorretrato según el método The Self-Portrait Experience consta de 3 ciclos o talleres:

1 - Introducción al método (ejercicio de las emociones). 1 semana (el próximo taller empieza el 1 de septiembre! Mira más abajo).

2 - Taller completo (Yo, Yo y el Otro, Yo y el Mundo). 3 meses.

3 - Formación para facilitadores de autorretrato: como aplicar el método con otras personas. 4 meses. Si deseas formarte como facilitador de autorretrato y utilizar este método con otras personas, deberás empezar por experimentar el método personalmente y crear tu proyecto de autorretrato. Puedes hacerlo en esta plataforma online, o en los talleres presenciales de Nuñez (en Milán o Barcelona). Pronto crearemos nuevos talleres online para facilitadores, sobre la aplicación del método con otras personas.

Available courses

Questo è lo spazio online per la Formazione Facilitatori del metodo a Milano, con inizio novembre 2016 e fine a marzo 2017. Questo spazio rimarrà aperto fino a giugno 2018, in modo che il gruppo possa continuare a condividere i propri progetti.

In questo spazio ogni partecipante alla formazione condividerà regolarmente i suoi progetti con le persone, ma anche gli sviluppi del proprio progetto autobiografico.


Questo è lo spazio online per il workshop completo di autoritratto per Francesco e Mariella.

Per gli esterni al workshop: non è più possibile iscriversi a questo workshop! 

Nella piattaforma potete:

- crearvi il vostro profilo

- caricare/eliminare le vostre foto nelle vostre gallerie e ottenere feedback mio e dal gruppo

- vedere e fare commenti sulle foto degli altri

- costruire il vostro progetto

- chattare con i membri del gruppo

- fare richieste, suggerimenti, annunci nel forum generale