United States 2018, 83 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
It was clear from the outset that this romance would unfold into a major drama. The main characters: a famous architect and celebrated artist, a millionaire, the millionaire’s fiancé, and a conceptual artist. Between them: profound questions about copyrights, art, public exposure, and privacy. And the result? Like we said—drama.
Jill Magid, an artist and the film’s director, fell in love with the work of Luis Barragán, Mexico’s most acclaimed architect. But when she planned an exhibition of his art, she hit a setback: after his death, a Swiss corporation bought his archive—thousands of letters, drawings, and photographs—and kept it inaccessible to the public for over twenty years. Determined to return these treasures to Mexico, Magid spent years trying to get access. When she finally discovered that the materials were, in fact, an engagement present, she made her move—a daring, outrageous proposal.
Previous Festivals:Hamptons International Film Festival, Tribeca, Hot Docs
Production: Laura Poitras, Jarred Alterman, Charlotte Cook, Laura Coxson
Editing: Hannah Buck
Cinematography: Jarred Alterman
Music: T. Griffin
American artist and writer Jill Magid’s work is deeply ingrained in her lived experience, exploring and blurring the boundaries between art and life. Through her performance-based practice, Magid has
initiated intimate relations with a number of organizations and structures of authority. She explores the emotional, philosophical and legal tensions between the individual and ‘protective’ institutions, such as intelligence agencies or the police. To work alongside or within large organizations, Magid makes use of institutional quirks, systemic loopholes that allow her to make contact with people ‘on the inside’. Her work tends to be characterized by the dynamics of seduction, the resulting narratives often taking the form of a love story. It is typical of Magid’s practice that she follows the rules of engagement with an institution to the letter – sometimes to the point of absurdity.
With solo exhibitions at institutions around the world including MUAC, Mexico City: Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Berkeley Museum of Art, California; Tate Liverpool; the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; Yvon Lambert, Paris and New York; Gagosian Gallery, New York; and the Security and Intelligence Agency of the Netherlands, Magid has received awards from the Fonds Voor Beeldende Kunsten, the Netherland-American Foundation Fellowship Fulbright Grant, and most recently the 2017 Calder Prize. Magid has participated in Manifesta, the Liverpool, Bucharest, Singapore, Incheon, Gothenburg, Oslo and Performa Biennials. She is an Associate of the Art, Design and the Public Domain program at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and was a 2013-15 fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. An adjunct teacher at Cooper Union, Magid is the author of four novellas. Her work is included the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Fundacion Jumex, and the Walker Art Center, among others.