The Sleeping Fool

Art museum security guards spend their days in uniform, speaking quietly or not at all, surrounded by works of irreplaceable art.

Best New Artist2010 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2010 / Sofia Saldanha / Goldsmiths College, UK

Art museum security guards spend their days in uniform, speaking quietly or not at all, surrounded by works of irreplaceable art.

It may look easy, but the job requires a stressful degree of responsibility, poise, and silence. Some guards may begin to feel trapped inside their own thoughts, or even inside a painting. The Sleeping Fool presents the stories, dreams and thoughts of those who work behind the walls of an art gallery.

For her documentary The Sleeping Fool, Sofia Saldanha won the Best New Artist Award in the 2010 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.The story was produced in 2009 for Goldsmiths College, Master of Arts degree.

(total running time: 10:22)


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Sofia Saldanha

Sofia Saldanha was born in Portugal. She worked as a producer and broadcaster at Rádio Universitária do Minho between 1992 and 2007.


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