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Art in the South

A film about the work of art brut artists of the artplace of Lebenshilfe Gmunden in Italy, Toscana during the art unlimited projekt 2007.

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in this film Carola Mair shows in a sense of humour the work and the impressions of the art brut artists Margarete Bamberger, Eli Kumpfhuber, Helmut Haider, Gerlinde Wimmer,
Alfred Forstlechner, Maria Jagsch. The filmmaker Carola Mair filmed this talented people with handicaps during their art journey in the south of Italy. Important were the subject world and the truth of the protagonists. To make authentic art was the destination of the participants.
Inspirations were coming in that case from nature and from the different surroundings.

The artist who were used to work with the power of the unconscious, changed during the working week their artistic ways of work and the started to work from the inspirations from

Carola Mair shows in her film people behind this pictures – first to put the “stamp of the handicap” away.

The filmmaker also wants to show a greater and clearer perception of the own inner world
and less apprehension about representation.

Important is the authentic way who gives the live a direction and a sense, which promotes health and the value of its own.

During the shooting it showed up, that the art brut artist Eli Kumpfhuber was very open and authentic in the interviews and also in front of the camera.

The film was made without a concept, without a storyboard – the film  is to understand like the art-journey as an art-experiment. Important during the shooting was the absolute moment, to catch the authentic way of the artists.

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The society today prevents often the authentic way of living. The real self will be sacrificed for image. In that case we talk of the estranged human, who acts in a way, as he would be somebody else, surrounded with people, who act, as they think he is another person.
The questions from where I am, where do I go, what is my job, my task, is not important for the Art Brut artists. They exist. The art brut or outsider art is already known as a special way
of style in the modern art and plays a role in the modern art.


The film was made 2007 in Italy, Toscana and Austria.

„Art in the south“ was supported with promotions from the ministry of socials  and the ministry of education, art und culture in Austria.

From spring 2008 the film is available for schools – information at BIMEZ OÖ.





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