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in occasion of Schermo dell'arte 2017

curated by Leonardo Bigazzi
promoted and organized by Schermo dell’arte Film Festival

The use of moving images has taken an increasingly central role in contemporary art practice. Curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, Directing the Real. Artists’ Film and Video in the 2010s, brings together works by nineteen international artists who work with moving images. This generation of artists, born after 1980, operates at a time when confrontation with the “real” and its representation often become necessary and inevitable. Our experience of the world around us is however more and more mediated and altered by screens and electronic technologies, to the point that the borderline between real and virtual can be blurred.

How do artists respond today to a globalized society where images and information are so often built and manipulated to alter reality? And how the technological revolutions of recent years, and the speed with which these images are shared and consumed, have influenced their (and our) outlook on the world? How to represent a world ever more ruled by economic interests, divided by wars and social injustice, and where the relation between man and environment is reaching a critical point? In such a context which is the role and the potential of art and of the exhibition space as physical place for reflecting and sharing?

This exhibition aims to offer an overview on the production by a generation of artists who have made some of these questions the central theme of their research.
The transition from analog to digital and the acceleration of the internet and new media are deeply influencing video language by generating aesthetic and formal choices that are now recognizable in their works. The exhibition at the Galleria delle Carrozze in the Palazzo Medici Riccardi includes videos, films and video installations that represent the variety of media and formats used in contemporary video practice.

With this exhibition Lo schermo dell’arte continues its commitment, which has characterized its ten years of activity, aimed at the promotion and production of works by a new generation of visual artists working with moving images. All the selected artists have participated, or participate this year for the first time, to the two most important projects that the Festival has dedicated in the last year to the young artists: VISIO. European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images (2012-2017) and the Premio Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival (2010 – 2013).

Artists: Basma Alsharif, Bianca Baldi, Danilo Correale, Justine Emard, Alessandra Ferrini, Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat, Louis Henderson, Jonna Kina, Graham Kelly, Daisuke Kosugi, Basir Mahmood, Diego Marcon, Rebecca Moss, Arash Nassiri, Janis Rafa, Emilija Skarnulytë, Patrik Thomas, Emmanuel Van Der Auwera, Driant Zeneli.

VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize III Edition is assigned by Seven Gravity Collection to Basir Mahmood for the work Monument of Arrival and Return (2016):
For the technical quality and for the direct and involving aesthetic impact of the tableau vivants that are present in the narration. We have been very fascinated by this work for the different reading layers. On one hand historical, anthropological, and to the other conceptual, but also for its complexity and beautiful that it is overwhelming and engaging.



by Justine Emard, 2017, 12’. Commissioned for Clouds ‹-› Forests, 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art. With the support of Hors les murs residency program of Institut Français, Paris & the prize “Brouillon d’un rêve, Pierre Schaeffer”, SCAM, Paris

Untitled (head falling 01)

by Diego Marcon, 2015, 10’’ loop. Courtesy the artists and Ermes-Ermes

A certain Amount of Clarity

by Emmanuel Van der Auwera, 2013, 30’. Courtesy Harlan Levey Projects and the artists

Secret words and related stories

by Jonna Kina, 2016, 20’12’’ Courtesy the artist

Hello Joe

by Graham Kelly, 2017, 19’08’’ Courtesy the artist

Sentient to sentient

by Daisuke Kosugi, 2016, 10’. Courtesy the artist

WInter Came Early

by Janis Rafa, 2015, 3’, video 2K. Courtesy the artist and Martin van Zomeren Gallery

Zero Latitude

by Bianca Baldi, 2014, 9’30’’ loop Courtesy the artist

Hotel Desterro

by Patrick Thomas, 2014, 45’. Courtesy the artist


by Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat, 2015, 12’. Courtesy the artists

All that is solid

by Louis Henderson, 2014, 15’40” Courtesy the artist

Equivalent Units

by Danilo Correale, 2017, 19’ Courtesy the artist

Radio Ghetto Relay

by Alessandra Ferrini. 2016, 15’24’’. Courtesy the artist

It would not be possible to leave planet Earth unless gravity existed

by Driant Zeneli, 2017, 13’41’’. Courtesy the artist, MAM Foundation Tirana and Prometeo Gallery di Ida Pisani,Milano/Lucca

City of Tales

by Arash Nassiri, 2017, 21’51’’. Produced by Jonas Films | foto Anne-Line Desrous- seaux | with the support of Han Nefkens Foundation, Fonds National des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques, CNAP Image/Mouvement. Courtesy the artist


by Emilija Škarnulytë, 2017, 12’. Courtesy the artist

Monument of arrival and return

by Basir Mahmood, 2016, 9’36’’. Courtesy the artist

International Waters

by Rebecca Moss, 2017, 20’. Courtesy the artist and Access Gallery

Deep Sleep

by Basma Alsharif, 2014, 12’45’’. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Imane Farès