Finalisté, Czech Republic, 90 min, DCP, Arts and Culture, Creative, Culture, Current Affairs, Longitudinal, Personal View, Portrait, Society
Why is it that people don't go to galleries, claiming they don't understand art dealing with everyday issues? Why do people believe that art requires craft only? What makes a social project, such as painting somebody's fence without permission, a piece of art? The observational documentary follows the five finalists of the 2010 Jindřich Chalupecký Award from the moment of their presentation in the Dox Centre for Contemporary Art, following them for the next five years. The final shortlist of the prestigious award included three artists and two art duos. Alice Nikitinová, a painter of almost abstract canvases , a street artist Jakub Matuška, a conceptual artist and theorist Václav Magid, a duo of draughtsmen David Böhm and Jiří Franta and a cross-media art duo Vasil Artamonov and Alexej Klyuykov. Not only do the authors vary in the means of expression, they have dofferent origins and mentality. The only thing they have in common is the fact that they studied at Czech art schools. In the form of interviews and scenes, the film captures their rises and falls, personal worries and joys. The film contrasts their diverse means of artistic expression with respect to their varied output, audiences, admirers and critics. In an unbiased and humorous way, the film confronts the controversial environment of the Czech art scene, including the distinctively dull audience, mistaken reactions of the media and the lack of possibilities for a professional art career.
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