American conceptual artist Jill Magid, whose work explores and blurs the boundaries between art and life, runs into unexpected roadblocks when she begins a project inspired by the visionary Mexican architect Luis Barragán. She discovers that one woman in Switzerland owns Barragán’s entire archive and has never allowed its reproduction. Magid switches gears, redirecting her focus to creating this documentary about her journey into a legal quagmire.
Unfolding with the suspense of thriller, THE PROPOSAL follows Magid as she interacts with Barragán’s family, admirers, and the Swiss copyright holders who aggressively “protect” his work. in a kind of a love triangle with Barragán at the apex. Part thriller, part mystery, part romance, the film forces the viewer to reckon with how an artist’s story is told, and who is permitted to do the telling.