27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
director: Eva Jiřička
original title: 360°
country: Czech Republic
running time: 7 min.
synopsisFor her thesis project, Eva Jiřička decided to plant flowers in the abandoned flowerbed on the sidewalk in front of the Academy of Fine Arts. She later invited the evaluation committee outside and asked them to board a rented bus. The bus then made a full three-hundred-sixty-degree turn on top of the flower bed, involving all of the participants in its destruction. The graduating artist thus confronted herself, the thesis committee, and the head of the studio, Michael Bielický, with the question of the relationship between the students and the institution.
biographyEva Jiřička explores the boundaries between private and public space through experimental and investigative practices of performance and happening. While in her early actions she provokes with an exhibitionistic deviation from the norm, thus pointing to the blurring of the boundaries of public and private, in her later interventions she focuses more and more consciously on the public space as a system of rules and patterns of behavior. Her work, however, is characterized not by provocation but by an understanding of the other and by the relationship between the lay public and the art public.
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