The 14th edition of Lo Schermo dell’Arte Cinema and Contemporary Art Festival will take place in hybrid form; on site in Florence at the Cinema La Compagnia, at Manifattura Tabacchi and in other places, from November 10 until November 14, and online until November 21.
The highlights of the Florentine festival that returns to the cinema are: world and national premieres, the four films produced through the crowdfunding campaign Artists’ Film Italia Recovery Fund, the Focus dedicated to Austrian artist Oliver Laric, the 10th edition of VISIO. European Program on Artists’ Moving Images, and an exhibition at the Manifattura Tabacchi of the twelve artists participating in VISIO.
This edition is realized thanks to the contribution of Direzione generale Cinema e audiovisivo – Ministero della Cultura and supported by the Fondazione CR Firenze with the contribution of Intesa Sanpaolo.
“What role do art and culture play in revealing the contradictions of our time? How is the digital transition accelerated by the pandemic driving a paradigm shift in how culture is created, managed, disseminated, and made accessible? Can artists help us imagine a future? How can we all collectively create a real climate for change?
Raising these critical issues while we face the intertwined crises deriving from systemic racism, the viral pandemic, and climate change is the commitment of our festival which for five days will bring back to Florence, after the difficult months of isolation, an international community of artists, directors, curators, producers who work with moving images. A rich programme to share with our audience that brings together young people, students, contemporary art lovers, film buffs, and collectors.” – Silvia Lucchesi, director.
The Focus On section of Lo Schermo dell’Arte 2021 will be dedicated to Austrian artist Oliver Laric, one of the most internationally famous authors of moving images whose works, rarely presented in Italy, explore the consumption and production of images in the Era of Internet through animation and 3D graphics. Laric was one of the first artists to manipulate the contents of YouTube, exploiting the potential of the platform and using it not only as an archive to extrapolate images, but also as a place for exhibiting and free distribution of his works, generating a short circuit between the world of art and popular culture.
His production, from 2006 up to the Italian premiere of his latest video Untitled (2020), will be presented
The video works of the artists Roberto Fassone, Beatrice Favaretto, Riccardo Giacconi, Caterina Erica Shanta, winners of the Artists’ Film Italia Recovery Fund , financed with 27,000 euros through a crowdfunding campaign promoted by Lo Schermo dell’Arte, will be presented.
The Festival’s commitment to the new generations is confirmed with the 10th edition of VISIO. European Program on Artists’ Moving Images, aimed at artists under 35 who work with video and cinema. As part of the project, an exhibition will be held for the second year at Manifattura Tabacchi with which the collaboration is renewed, a production by Lo Schermo dell’Arte and NAM – Not A Museum, with the works of the 12 participating artists, curated by Leonardo Bigazzi. The VISIO Young Talent Acquisiton Prize (7th edition) will also be awarded, which involves the acquisition of a work by one of the participating artists by the Seven Gravity Collection, an Italian private collection entirely dedicated to video works by contemporary artists.
Fuori dai Teatri, the latest video work by Rä di Martino, with the actors Anna Bellato and Lino Musella, will be presented in world premiere: a production of the Centro per la Sperimentazione e Ricerca Teatrale del Teatro della Toscana, an artist’s vision of the energy of origins. Through archival materials and audio interviews with the key figures of the early years of the Piccolo Teatro di Pontedera and the CSRT, Rä di Martino creates a multifaceted collage of an experience that began almost fifty years ago, which becomes a work on memory, on difference of the points of view of those who lived it. The interviews with the protagonists of that experience become a mnemonic fabric, almost a script, to unravel the historical images, hundreds of photos, film and video materials. Lo Schermo dell’Arte contributed to the development of the project.
The programme will include world and national premieres of recently produced artists’ films and documentaries on contemporary art. Here are some previews of the films made by artists: Khtobtogone (2021) by the French artist of Moroccan and Algerian origin Sara Sadik (Bordeaux 1994, lives and works in Marseille), an animated film that tells a story of redemption thanks to the love of two young working class, Maghrebi diaspora youngsters from Marseille; In the Air Tonight (2020), made during lockdown by American artist Andrew Norman Wilson (Milpitas, CA, 1983), takes its title from the homonymous 1981 song by Phil Collins, and builds a visual and textual narration around the urban legend surrounding the enigmatic lyrics of the song; the duo of artists and filmmakers Barbara Wagner (Brasilia, 1980) and Benjamin de Burca (Monaco, 1975) protagonists of the Brazilian pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, return to collaborate in One Hundred Steps (2021), produced for Manifesta 13.
Among the documentaries: Feels Good Man (2020) by Arthur Jones, winner of the Documentary Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker of Sundance Festival. The film follows artist Matt Furie’s battle to retake the public image of the comic character Pepe the Frog, whom he created; Beijing Spring (2020) by Andy Cohen and Gaylen Ross focuses on the central role of art and literature in affirming freedom of speech and expression at a crucial and censored moment in Chinese history; Lifeline. Clyfford Still by Dennis Scholl (2019) tells the path of creative independence of the American painter Clyfford Still, one of the leading exponents of Abstract Expressionism.
Lo Schermo dell’Arte, Cinema and Contemporary Art Festival – 14th Editiot
directed by Silvia Lucchesi
Cinema La Compagnia, Manifattura Tabacchi and other places
Florence, 10-14 November 2021
Streaming on demand until November 21
on PiùCompagnia in collaboration with MYmovies
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