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Living Art

The film “Living Art” is an aesthetic ethnography of contemporary arts in Maputo, Mozambique. The protagonists of the film are seven young contemporary artists who work in the areas of dance, painting, sculpting, music and graffiti. The film establishes a sensorial dialogue between the artist and his/her art, giving the audience space to experience the sounds and environments, the colors and movements of the intimate moment that is artistic creation. The sensorial experience is enriched by analytical moments that explore a new understanding of the connection between the different practices. Divided into three chapters, the film accompanies the artists from their preparation until finalizing and presenting their works.

Through its sensorial-experimental approach Living Art sheds a new light on the ever growing contemporary art scene in Maputo, and contests the still prevailing notion of traditional “African” art, which from the outside is still often perceived as the only “authentic” art production and main artistic output of the country.

  • Tina Krüger
    Kitchen's Orchestra
  • Tina Krüger
    Camera & Editing
  • G Short
    Sound Mastering
  • Jazz P
  • Shot B
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature
  • Runtime:
    51 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 20, 2017
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  • Language:
    English, Portuguese
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  • Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival

    United States
    Best Feature
  • Move Me Productions Belgium - Film Festival

    August 2, 2017
  • Lakecity Film Festival

    August 22, 2017
    Semi Finalist
  • Underground FilmFest
    June 24, 2017
    World Premiere
  • Viscult - Festival of Visual Culture
    October 25, 2017
  • Västerås Filmfestival
    September 16, 2017
  • Silhouette Awards

    United States
    March 7, 2018
  • Screening and performance with protagonist artists
    August 22, 2017
    Mozambican Premiere
  • Etnovideográfica
    December 14, 2017
    Spain Premiere
    Nominee Jury and Audience Award
  • Portland Film Festival
    Portland, OR
    United States
    November 3, 2017
  • Festival Internacional do Filme Etnográfico do Recife
    November 23, 2017
  • Hudson Valley Drive In Film Festival
    Middletown NY
    United States
    September 22, 2017
Director Biography - Tina Krüger

Tina Krüger is a young visual anthropologist, filmmaker, photographer and graphic designer from Germany, who works and lives in Maputo, Mozambique. She has an MA degree in Visual Ethnography as a Method and a BA in Lusophone Studies and Anthropology.
In 2013 she funded the creative production company Aguacheiro Design Multimédia in collaboration with David Aguacheiro. Since then she has been working as a director, camerawoman, sound engineer, editor and producer for a large number of commissioned documentary film productions and other film and video works. Besides her company work, she has made a few zero-budget independent documentaries and videoart works. Since January 2016 she teaches in a BA Film and Multimedia program at the Arts and Culture University in Maputo.
A number of her works have been internationally accredited, such as the film Foreign in my own country – Special Mention at Interfilm Berlin 2014; the videoart Kitchen’s Orchestra – Best One Minute Dance Film at Cinedans Festival Amsterdam 2014, Best One Minute at TOFF May Edition 2015, Official selection at The Berlin Flash Festival 2017; and the film Gold of Agriculture – Jury Impact Award at SIMA 2015, Official Selection INSTIDOC 2015.

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