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Edem Kelman

Edem Kelman

Writer and Director

Edem graduated from UCL with a degree in Philosophy and French. His short film, princess was long-listed for the BIFA for Best British Short. He is currently developing his debut feature film Duke, inspired by his parents’ experiences in the West African diaspora in London in the early 2000s.

MuseumNext Digital Exhibitions Summit
Monday, 5th December 2022

Living Portraits: Bringing Portraiture to Life

Living Portraits brings historic artworks to life using technology and theatricality while retaining the historic authenticity. We will talk about the first portrait in the series, Jem Belcher, a butcher turned boxer from the 19th century, who we brought to life to better understand whether hearing his experience directly can change the perceptions of unengaged audiences to historic artworks. This talk, delivered by a collaborative team from Athena Arts Foundation, Megaverse and the National Portrait Gallery, will look at the motivations behind the project, the technology used, the audience impact from the project and what we hope to do next.

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Edem Kelman