Portrait - Autoportrait
November 11, 2013 8:21 PM   Subscribe

In 2009, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, filmmaker Gilles Porte had children between the ages of 3 and 6, who have yet learn to read or write, and from around the world, draw themselves, without adult intervention, on a pane of glass. The result of which is this gallery of 80 self-portraits, that are in turn sweet, comical, and moving. At the end of each movie, the character drawn is animated and comes to life. (To play the movies, click on “voir” below each thumbnail image on the TV5 site.)

These are part of a multimedia project (in French) in which Gilles Porte has also assembled a number of self-portraits drawn on paper in an online gallery called SYRINE, IBRAHIM, MALO, VALENTIN et tous les autres.

The UN General Assembly adopted the Convention and opened it for signature on November 20, 1989 (the 30th anniversary of its Declaration of the Rights of the Child). It came into force on September 2, 1990, after it was ratified by the required number of nations. Currently, 193 countries are party to it, including every member of the United Nations except Somalia, South Sudan and the United States.

The Convention consists of 54 articles that address the basic human rights of children everywhere who are entitled to:
- the right to survival;
- the right to develop to the fullest;
- protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation;
- the right to participate fully in family, cultural and social life.

The four core principles of the Convention are non-discrimination; devotion to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and respect for the views of the child.

posted by MelanieL (3 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
The expressions on the young faces as they create are priceless. They are so very thoughtful. And thorough! Don't miss Malo's satisfied little smile as he adds important details, followed by the meticulous addition of hair to every part of his body.
I bookmarked this site and plan to start every day of the next month with one video, to remind me of the joy of creating something without being hobbled by fear of less-than-perfect results.
posted by evilmomlady at 5:59 AM on November 12, 2013 [1 favorite]

So lovely! For thoughtfulness nothing can really beat this girl's tongue, it's practically an inspiration in its own right.
posted by forgetful snow at 6:17 AM on November 12, 2013

This is just delightful, MelanieL ... I love all that I've watched -- but I'mreally smitten by cute little Jenitha and her artistry.

I like your idea of starting out the day with one, evilmomlady - these are charming and would definitely put the day on a good footing.
posted by madamjujujive at 4:04 PM on November 12, 2013

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