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Sany, Jan ZAJÍČEK
Girl Power is a documentary about women who devote their lives to the graffiti subculture normally dominated by males. At the heart of the documentary is the strong autobiographical story of Praguegraffiti artist – a female writer called Sany, who made the film herself, travelling around the world overmore than the seven years, making friends with women writers from fifteen different cities.A fascinatingtravelogue, it gives a new perspective on a phenomenon more often characterized by the general publicas vandalism, but which can also be a way of life.
Girl Power can be considered as a punk feminist film along with Act & Punishment, another film chosen for the official selection of the 19th Seoul International Women’s Film Festival. Punk is commonly known as a fast-paced, loud, and aggressive music genre and the dominant culture often stigmatizes or describes punk as vandalism or hooliganism. However, punk has been rather playing a pivotal role in addressing “freedom of expression” in opposition to the rigid and oppressive dominant culture. It is a type of underground art originating from the ghettos or slums, a product of urbanization in modern times, influenced by the Situationist sense of spontaneity and the Actionist sense of immediacy. Girl Power shows how graffiti embodies the spirit of punk and how it is used as a feminist cultural form to resist the dominant male culture.
Graffiti is an art form closely linked to human nature in terms of the fact that there are many parallels between modern day graffiti and ancient cave art. It is the traces of our very existence indicating that “we have been here, lived here, and existed here.” Women graffiti artists penetrate into the male-dominated world of graffiti and leave the traces of their existence, which signifies graffiti is no longer the preserve of men and by extension, it can be used as a feminist art form. Sany is a regular career woman who works as a call center supervisor by day. However, by night, she is a graffiti artist who sneaks into the train station with spray paint cans in her hands and walks away after the work is done. The film follows Sany traveling around the world and explores her graffiti artworks – which may be considered as a type of site-specific art – in an attempt to show what contributions punk feminists of today have made to the world. (Sunah KIM)
Sany studied marketing communication. She is one of the few active women writers in the Czech Republic.She has devoted herself to graffiti for almost 15 years. She is a member of two purely female graffiticrews - Girl Power and PUFF. She is actively involved in organizing cultural events in Prague and abroad.
Jan ZAJÍČEKJan ZAJÍČEK
Jan ZAJÍCEK is a graduate of FAMU, co-creator of the cycle of documentary films Kmeny/Tribes. The holderof many awards for music videos, he has represented the Czech Republic in the USA, Germany, Italy and Shanghai. He is a long-time member of the rap group WWW and one of the pioneers of graffiti in the Czech Republic, who wrote under the tag Skarf and belongs to TCP and ABX crews.