Lapdogs for Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie exhibition: Trailer 4min (approx)
Artist: Abbas Rahman
Mentor 1: Artist – Lara Baladi
Mentor 2: Art Critic – Tirdad Zolghadr
Mentor 3: Curator – Nav Haq
Theme music; - bold, strident
Off-screen; - noise and shouts of a street scene
Scene 1: Exterior
Exterior: Typical Cairo street café – men drink coffee and smoke shisha
Fade from black to Abbas - a café waiter
Meet Abbas Abd Allah, a 31 year old waiter from the town of Embabah
He left school at 12 and is now self employed
He’s about to enter a completely different world
Abbas to camera
I love working in this cafe, it’s just what I do, you know
My Father used to work here too
You know, people come to the cafe tired and hungry
I bring then coffee or tea, and then they are revived, completely different
You know, transformed
Um, a bit like what you’re going to be doing with me
Scene 2: Interior
Interior: Cairo Art Gallery; Trendy glamour, power
Abbas walking (smartly dressed) with Mentor 1: Lara stopping, looking at and discussing artworks.
For the next month, Abbas is aiming to become an international artist
And infiltrate first the Cairo, and then the International Art Scene
Scene 3: Interior
Interior: Abbas’s studio, easel, table chair and studio detritus.
Abbas - scruffy, at easel drawing, looking, painting
He will have to learn how to make art
Abbas at easel
I’m starting to realize, um, it’s starting to feel right!
Scene 4: Interior
Interior: Abbas’s studio, paintings, drawings and art books in shot.
Abbas-scruffy, with work in ‘crit’ situation with Mentor 3: Nav
And, he’ll have to learn how to talk about his art.
Do you like this?
Its influenced by Tracy Emin
I’m trying to make it more,…………..’socially engaged’
Enumerating with his fingers
MENTOR 3: Nav:
Never ask if curators ‘like’ the work
Don’t say it's influenced by another artist
And,………it’s not socially engaged
Scene 5: Exterior/interior
Interior: The Barbers; Barber and his shop.
Abbas arrives – scruffy, with Mentor 1: Lara to get a more trendy shave and hair-cut.
He’ll have to look the part, and promote himself
MENTOR 1: artist Lara
It looks really, really good
But we must do something about your hair
It doesn’t lend you enough authority
Scene 6: Interior
Interior: Exhibition/studio setting
Critic Mentor 2: Tirdad looking at an example of Abbas’s work.
And take criticism on the chin
MENTOR 2: Tirdad
And that’s it really
Although you have a confident sense of colour, there is really no market for this
You might as well take it down, and set it on fire.
You’d better start again
Scene 7: Exterior/Interior
Night-time travel dissolve to ‘hip’ Cairo gallery
Interior: a gallery exhibition Private View- glamour, drink and stylish crowd. Abbas - very smart. Team of three ‘top’ critics (the judges) looking at Abbas’s ‘work’
If he gets through all that
He’ll have to exhibit in an exhibition alongside four other established artists
At a hip Cairo Gallery,
And his work will be assessed and judged, by top art critics.
Interior: Private view three critics – close-up of conversation
And so, what was you intention with that?
Scene 8: Exterior
Cut to Abbas back at work in the street cafe
Will they spot him as a fake?
Aiding and abetting the wannabe Picasso, are three mentors from the international artworld
Scene 9: Interior
Whip-pan to locations of power-dressed Mentors in their professional location
Mentor 1: Lara in studio
Artist Lara Baladi has an international reputation
She’s Lebanese and lives in Cairo
Scene 10: Interior
Office: Mentor 2: Nav power-dressed, on the phone
Nav Haq the rising star of the curatorial scene,
that everyone dreams of working with.
Scene 11: Interior
Chic office: Mentor 3: Tirdad power-dressed, at desk with laptop
Curator and renowned critic Tirdad Zolghadr writes for Frieze
The biggest international art magazine
Scene 12: Interior
Office/studio: Mentor 3 :Nav
MENTOR 3: Nav:
I really think this is an enormous challenge
We shouldn’t underestimate how difficult this is going to be
Scene 13: Exterior
Exterior: Abbas in street café
Will they succeed?
I don’t ever do anything to fail
And I don’t want to let myself,………. or my family down.
Roll Lapdog end-credits
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