“My art is political. Have you heard of Guernica?” That’s how Dani Karavan introduces himself in front of the camera. And after a few minutes of this initial conversation, Karavan gives us a first taste of his bad temper. About to turn 90 and famous all over the world for transforming public spaces with monumental installations, the Israeli artist is angry at institutions neglecting to maintain his artistic legacy in good condition.
Karavan is charismatic and grumpy, but his laments are not just endearing, they are legitimate. If we dedicate resources to caring parks and gardens, how can we allow time to damage sculptures and monuments created to harmonize human relationships in public spaces?
An emotional and unfiltered journey through the long career of a universal artist who sees his body weaken as he struggles to keep creating with the same passion as day one. A portrait filled with a sense of humour about a creator armed with a unique sensitivity to bestow life to the urban and natural spaces where he works. His monument to the philosopher Walter Benjamin in Portbou speaks for itself and captures the simplicity of Karavan’s art in all its magnitude.
"Dani Karavan" is a cinematic reflection of its namesake: It is a straightforward, yet intricate film, emotional without being melodramatic, and as painful as it is humorous and passionate.— Docushuk
The celebrated Israeli filmmaker Barak Heymann -- whose own Radical Imagination has given us another masterpiece in his new documentary 'High Maintenance" which celebrates the life and work, the boundless energy and optimism of Dani Karavan.— Manhattan Neighborhood Network