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SXSW World Premiere of “(Hi)Story of a Painting: The Light in the Shadow” VR Experience

“(Hi)Story of a Painting: The Light in the Shadow” is the second in the series, the first world “(Hi)Story of a Painting: What’s the Point?” premiered at SXSW in 2021 to great acclaim and award consideration. Narrated by contemporary creative influencers, each episode uncovers themes from the artist’s context that resonate with contemporary life. The series aims to engage with and empower viewers to better understand the art that influenced our world. This second episode is an exploration of an extraordinary artist’s life and work — Artemisia’s story highlights the obstacles that she overcame as a woman and as an artist. Extraordinary women have of course always existed, but the history books often have a selective memory and this shines a light on a woman we really should all know about. There’s a big resurgence of these kinds of stories today, which is incredibly stimulating and encouraging.


“(Hi)Story of a Painting: The Light in the Shadow” is animated 6dof VR series aimed at engaging young audiences with art by creating intimate, gripping, and relatable experiences focused on the human stories behind some of the world’s greatest art and artists.


The viewer is led on a powerfully immersive journey into Artemisia Gentileschi’s world and discovers how this self-portrait shines a light on her life as a survivor, an internationally celebrated artist and a woman in 17th Century Italy. Artemisia Gentileschi is the epitome of a woman overcoming all odds that made life compromising and brutal –her story in many ways can inspire women, truly all genders today. Artemisia was born in late 16th century Rome, when women had virtually no rights and were essentially men’s property. When Artemisia’s mother dies when she is only 12, she is thrown into the trenches of cut-throat adult life as she becomes her father’s painting assistant, where her unparalleled talent is discovered. Her father begins passing her paintings off as his own and during this time she suffers an assault by one of her father’s contemporary’s, eventually going to court against her attacker. Artemisia painted herself into posterity. This story is about how she rose up against the odds and impressed the whole of Europe with her talent within her own lifetime, and continues to capture our imaginations today.


Synopsis: A 6dof series aimed at engaging young audiences with art by creating intimate and gripping experiences focused on the stories behind some of the world’s greatest art and artists.


Narrated by Cerys Matthews, this episode, “The Light in the Shadow”, explores the extraordinary story of one of today’s most celebrated Baroque