Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival presents the seventh edition of VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images.

VISIO consists of an exhibition and a series of seminars and meetings dedicated to expanding the vision and themes of artists, who use moving images in their artistic practice. By promoting encounters and international mobility, VISIO has favoured the development of a wide network of institutions, artists and professionals working with moving images creating a significant archive by mapping a new generation of artists based in Europe. Over 600 visual artists have applied to participate in the first six editions of the Programme.

The VISIO Programme, curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, will be held in Florence, within the context of the 11th Edition of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival (14th – 18th November 2018). The participants will be 12 young European artists, who work with moving images; they will be selected with an open call, in collaboration with some of the most important European Art Academies, Schools and Artist Residencies. The deadline to apply is September 3rd 2018.

After the success of the exhibitions held at Palazzo Strozzi in 2015, at Cinema La Compagnia in 2016, and at Palazzo Medici Riccardi-Galleria delle Carrozze in 2017, this year Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival will organize, within the VISIO Programme, a new exhibition project European Identities. New Geographies in Artists’ Film and Video. The exhibition  (13th – 18th of November 2018) will take place at Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea: an exhibition space that was the old Florentine men’s prison.

The VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize is confirmed for the fourth edition. It will be assigned to one of the participating artists and consists in the acquisition of one of his/her video works by the Seven Gravity Collection, a private Italian collection that focuses on video works by contemporary artists. Through this Prize Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival, thanks to the partnership with the Seven Gravity Collection, aims to support young artists by promoting the practice of collecting moving images works and video installations.

Image: Basir Mahmood, Monument of Arrival and Return, 2016, 9’36’’, courtesy of the artist


VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images has a 6-part structure::
1.European Identities. New Geographies in Artists’ Film and Video

The exhibition will at Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea in Florence (13th – 18th November 2018) and will present a work for each of the 12 participating artists as an overview on the practice of a new generation of visual artists working with moving images in Europe.
Curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, the exhibition intends to reflect on the variety of themes and languages used by young international visual artists working with film and video, and provide an opportunity to discuss exhibition formats and audience reception of moving images works. The selection will reflect the diversity of mediums and formats in contemporary moving image practice: from analog to digital works, single-channel video and films projected on screens or played on monitors, and video installation and multichannel works.

2. Festival

The participating artists are invited to attend screenings, meetings and lectures of the Festival’s official program, and are encouraged to actively participate in the discussions. The main topics will then be expanded and developed during the seminars and conversations with the curators and artists hosted by the Festival. This year’s edition will feature works by Gabrielle Brady, Jumana Manna, Phil Collins, Jordi Colomer among the others.

3. VISIO. Young Talent Acquisition Prize

The Prize will be assigned to one of the participating artists and consists in the acquisition of one of his/her video work by the Seven Gravity Collection, a private Italian collection that focuses on video works from contemporary artists. The Prize will be assigned by the Founding Members of the Seven Gravity Collection and the winning artist will be announced in occasion of the closing night of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival.

4. Artists Presentation

The 14th of November 2018, the participating artists will be asked to introduce their work in a 15 minutes presentation. They will have the opportunity to present their artistic practice to the other participants and to a selected audience.

5. Seminars

A series of seminars will be conducted by artists and curators who will speak about various aspects of their artistic practice and research methods with the participants. The seminars, which will last 2 hours each, will be structured in such a way as to allow also moments of discussion and sharing of experiences between the professionals and the participants. In the previous editions the seminars have been conducted by Isaac Julien, Marine Hugonnier, Philippe-Alain Michaud, Filipa Ramos, Deimantas Narkevicius, Mark Nash, Maria Lind, Alain Fleischer and Heinz Peter Schwerfel, Sibylle Kurz, Sarah Perks, Erika Balsom and Shirin Neshat.

6. Conversation room

In this informal environment participants will meet, in 40 minutes round tables and individual encounters, artists, curators, critics, producers and directors of international institutions hosted by the Festival. Ranging from the presentation of their own portfolios to simple conversations, these moments are conceived as an occasion for encounters and exchanges that can foster the participants’ professional growth and extend their networks of international contacts.



European Identities: New Geographies in Artists' Film and Video

This year VISIO presents a new exhibition project, European Identities. New Geographies in Artists’ Film and Video in the space of Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea. The exhibition brings together video, films and video installations that represent the variety of media and formats adopted
by contemporary video practice, while reflecting on the interaction of video formats and the exhibition context.

VISIO. European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images 7th edition

curated by Leonardo Bigazzi

promoted and organized by
Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival

in collaboration with
Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea and FST-Mediateca Regionale Toscana


with the contribution of
Regione Toscana
Città Metropolitana di Firenze
Comune di Firenze
La Compagnia nell’ambito del Programma Sensi Contemporanei Toscana per il Cinem
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze

with the support of

  • Institut français Firenze
  • In Between Art Film
  • ottod’Ame
  • Seven Gravity Collection
  • Famiglia Cecchi
  • B&C Speakers

The selection of the participants is conducted in partnership with

  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milano
  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze
  • Careof, Milano
  • De Ateliers, Amsterdam
  • HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme
  • Kingston University, Londra
  • Le Fresnoy-Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing
  • Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam
  • Royal College of Art, Londra
  • Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
  • Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
  • Sandberg Instituut, Fine Arts, Amsterdam
  • Universität der Künste Berlin
  • WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Bruxelles