A story about a town where art has become a burning issue. Fire-Followers is a story about a quiet town in the Nothern Europe. Throughout the ages the town has burned regularly. The modern methods helped to protect it from fires so it’s inhabitants could finally live without thinking that any moment a new catastrophe would appear. However, the fear has never left them anyway.The whole town expects a fire caused by a respected retired art historian. It is believed that in his opinion the regular destructive fires burning down the museum collections have become the nature of local art; without the fires, the progress of art is impossible. He is said to think that if the art heritage is not destroyed, the young artists will not be able to work. The residents of the town suspect that the art historian is running a secret organization which aims to set the fires destroying the historical art. The museums, the galleries and the private art collections are all considered to be in danger. People get rid of art pieces to protect their lives and houses, the vicinities of the museums become more and more desolate. There is no proof of the existence of the organisation which everyone is afraid of. Still, the fear and paranoia are growing, casting a shadow on the peaceful life in the town. Art is becoming a burning issue.
- documentary / fiction
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- Karolina Breguła
- Karolina Breguła
- Robert Mleczko
- Stefan Paruch
Karolina Breguła (born 1979) - a Polish multimedia artist; creates installations, happenings, video, photography. She has graduated from the National Film Television and Theatre School in Łódź where she now has been working on her Phd. She has performed and exhibited in galleries such as National Museum in Warsaw (Poland), Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (Poland); Centre for Contemporary Art Łaźnia, Gdańsk (Poland); Kalmar Museum of Art, Kalmar (Sweden); Real Art Ways, Hartford (USA). She has been awarded the Samsung Art Master prize, the Polish Ministry of Culture Scholarship, the Visegrad Scholarship and the Młoda Polska Scholarship. She has been nominated for Views 2013 - the Polish Zachęta National Gallery and Deutsche Bank Foundation Award. She is the author of works such as Fire-Followers (2013), Art Translationg Agency (2010) or Let Them See Us (2003). She lives and works in Warsaw. In her recent works she has been working on the subject of reception of art. She is researching unprofessional art receivers and their relation to modern art. She is looking for the place for art in today`s society and the role the art heritage can play in contemporary world. Building the meanings and auto analysis of culture have become the sense of her latest artistic activity.
- 13. T-mobile New Horizons, Poland, 2013 (screening)
- 21st Hot Docs - Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, 2014 (competition)