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The face-blind portrait artist

Carlotta has a severe form of prosopagnosia, a condition that means she can’t recognise faces, not even her own. But she found a creative way of painting self-portraits.

German artist Carlotta has a severe form of prosopagnosia, or face blindness, a brain disorder that means she can’t recognise faces, not even her own. Her condition went undiagnosed for years, and as a result Carlotta tried to avoid other people as much as she could. But she had always loved painting, and she came up with a creative way of creating self-portraits. It was through Carlotta’s art that neuroscientist and filmmaker Valentin Riedl came to meet her. After all these years seeking solitude, Carlotta agreed to work with Valentin and together they made a documentary called Lost in Face.

Presenter: Emily Webb.
Producer: Fiona Woods.

Picture: Carlotta.
Credit: Corso Film.

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