DOKUFEST: SELECTOR’S SELECTIONS DAY 6
As well as our daily insider tips appearing on the website to guide you through DokuFest’s extensive program, festival director Nita Deda has picked out a selection of highlights. Today it’s The Proposal.
Like several films in this year’s programme (and particularly other featured docs Bisbee ’17 and The Image You Missed), The Proposal, from acclaimed American conceptual artist Jill Magid, constructs an encounter between the past and present, living and dead, above institutions and across borders.
In this film we find the artist embark upon a completely unorthodox proposal, in an attempt to retrieve the archive of the late Mexican architect Luis Barragán from it’s effective twenty-year radio silence, out of reach to researchers and the public since its acquisition by Swiss design company, Vitra, ostensibly as an engagement present. En route though, Magid has us asking questions about public access and private obsession, and about who gets to own the legacy of another.
The story is a bold one, you’re left agog by the plan — and not to mention by some of the strange intricacies of copyright. Against the backdrop of Barragán’s dream-like buildings, we’re led generously by what feels like a very pointed decision of Magid’s to share her thoughts and herself. The film tries to nurture openness and it’s a joy to be included.