A film by Natalie Cristiani
2015, 75 minutes
No. 002

Nicola Costantino is one of Latin America’s most controversial and admired visual artists. With often macabre imagery rooted in a violence that pervades the history of Argentina, she is known for provocative works, such as lifelike casts of animals, soap constructed out of fat that has been liposuctioned from her own body, and clothes and accessories made of male nipple casts.

Filmmaker Natalie Cristiani's The Artifact is a gorgeous cinematic exploration of Costantino and her work. It’s a fitting match, as much of Costantina’s work is influenced by movies – from early German expressionism to the representation and objectification of women in contemporary film.

Featuring candid interviews with Cristiani, the film draws audiences into her mysterious and captivating pieces, as well as the rigorous process by which they are created.

Official Selection, Hot Docs Film Festival
Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival

"Recommended for art libraries, and universities and public libraries with major holdings in art." - Educational Media Reviews Online