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It Was Probably Our Karel, She Said

It Was Probably Our Karel, She Said

It Was Probably Our Karel, She Said


Jiří Žák’s video is a poetic tale of a man who we get to know as a sensitive individual with artistic interests and ambitions, and also as someone with an interest in weapons.

Year of creation: 2020


Starring: Husam Abed

Music: Cyril Kaplan feat. Husam Abed
Thanks to: Biennale Matter of Art 2020, Venuše ve Švehlovce


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A combination of family ties and the social and political context in which he lives lead him to decide to commit a violent act. The video is inspired by actual events, but it nevertheless blends fact with fiction. It is thus a distinctive reflection on our country’s post-communist transformation, with a focus on its wilder, more criminal side. In the main role are the Musela brothers, weapons manufacturers. The younger Pavel, nicknamed the “king of the weapons industry,” was involved in the controversial privatization of the Most Coal Company in the 1990s. In 2008, he was found in the woods near Zlín under suspicious circumstances, with serious, permanent brain injuries. His older brother Karel, among other things a passionate landscape painter, was convinced that Pavel was attacked by people from a rival weapons company, and so he decides to avenge him.



Biennale Matter of Art 2020, Prague, CZ

Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2020, Plato Gallery, Ostrava, CZ

Allied – Kyiv Biennial 2021, Ukraine  


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