Shot on location in Singapore, Japan, London, Paris, New York, Berlin and Amsterdam, artist and filmmaker Ang Sookoon takes us on an eye opening journey into the private lives of artists. Through intimate conversations with artist peers. These dialogues reveal the artists’ perspectives on the financial difficulties inherent in their unconventional career. In turn, together with Sookoon they question the current systems that govern an artist’s career and livelihood.
FILMED, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY SOOKOON ANG
CONSULTING PRODUCER ANGELINE SWEE EDITORS MARTYN SEE & SOOKOON ANG MUSIC JOE NG
COLORIST THUNK SINGAPORE
FEATURING in order of appearance
LOREN MUNK; NANCY DAVIDSON; WANG DU; SARA GASSMANN; GAËLLE CHOISNE; SUSAN GLOUDEMANS; LAURENT GODIN; SOOKOON ANG; BRODY CONDON; PETROS CHRISOSTOMOU; DAVID KRAMER; MEIRO KOIZUMI; VINCENT OLINET; TOMOKO KAWACHI; SUSANNE WINTERLING; BENJAMIN BRETT; SILKE SCHMICKL; AMANDA HENG; ELIZA BONHAM-CARTER; RAMAYA TEGEGNE; NIK KOSMAS
ART WORK IMAGES, PERFORMANCES & PHOTOS
COURTESY OF (in order of appearance)
LAURIE BERG in collaboration with BESSIE MCDONOUGH-THAYER; BRODY CONDON; RAMAYA TEGEGNE; PERE LLOBERA; WANG DU; CHUA CHYE TECK; SARA GASSMANN (Photos courtesy of R. Kuehne, E. Guenat, R. Steiner); PETROS CHRISOSTOMOU; TOMOKO KAWACHI; SOOKOON ANG; VINCENT OLINET; LOREN MUNK; NANCY DAVIDSON; DAVID KRAMER; MEIRO KOIZUMI; SUSANNE WINTERLING; RIJKSAKADEMIE VAN BEELDENDE KUNSTEN; LIANG SHUO; AMANDA HENG; AGATHA GOTHE-SNAPE, BABY TOOTH (MEGUMI KAMIMURA, MICHIKO TSUDA); REGINE MÜLLER-WALDECK; GAËLLE CHOISNE; EZZAM RAHMAN & PASCAL BATTUS (video courtesy of LOWAVE); ISHU HAN; ÉCOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE DES BEAUX-ARTS DE LYON; AIDS-3D (NIK KOSMAS & DANIEL KELLER)
For nearly 2 decades of practicing art, I have always struggled to make a living wage. This circumstance is not uniquely mine but also that of my artist peers. We might have times of reprieve or even abundance when we manage to sell our works but those times can be few or far apart. With no certainty of the next art sales or financial grant, many of us live in limbo and anxiety.
The anxiety often have direct and negative effect on our art practice and personal lives. Certainly, there are a handful of us who became financially successful and are elevated from this struggle but the majority of us remain financially strained, despite having professional accolades or acclaims. Yet we continue making art because it is our vocation.
This film examines the economic struggle of contemporary artists and explores the popular idea of the impoverished artist. This belief has propagate a culture of art and art-related activities that have sidelined fair remuneration of artists. My motivation in making this film is to speak with my peers openly and candidly about our experience. Perhaps in the conversations, we may find courage and a certain camaraderie outside of the isolation of our individual studios.
Reviews & Comments
"Every civilisation throughout history has art to mark it as a civilisation- without the arts a country could not be civilised- it would just be an economy. We all know how important art is for social engineering. Support for the arts should come from the country it is made in- it shouldn't just be the responsibility of the individual artists to provide culture for free from their own pockets.”
Nike Savvas, artist
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