Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival presents the fifth 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.

The VISIO Programme, curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, will be held in Florence, within the context of the 9th Edition of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival(15th – 20th November 2016). 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. Thanks to the generous contribution of our partners, this year there will be no participation fee.
The deadline to apply is October 3rd 2016.

After the success of the exhibition held at Palazzo Strozzi in 2015, this year one video work for each of the 12 participating artists will be selected for a new exhibition project: VISIO. Outside The Black Box (16th Nov – 20th Nov, 2016). The exhibition will take place at the Cinema Teatro La Compagnia in Florence. The building, converted in 1987 into a theatre by Adolfo Natalini, founder of the famous radical architecture firm Superstudio in the late 1960s, will soon re-open as a cinema dedicated to documentary and art-house films. 

Questioning traditional film formats, the selected works will be displayed in the hidden spaces of the former theatre that usually are not accessible to the public. The exhibition is produced and organized by Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival in collaboration with FST-Mediateca Regionale Toscana.

Also confirmed for the second edition is the VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize that 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, 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.

VISIO is creating a significant archive by mapping a new generation of artists working with film and video and based in Europe. Over 300 visual artists have applied to participate in the first four editions of the Programme. While maintaining its original identity as a training and networking project, VISIO has now developed into a much wider exhibition and research platform that is generating new opportunities and collaborations on an international level.

As a result of the research and debate generated by the Programme over the past five years, an extensive publication will be published in the spring of 2017 by Mousse Publishing. The book will feature contributions by leading international curators, artists and critics and a section dedicated to all the artists that have participated in the programme.


VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images has a 6-part structure:

1. VISIO. Outside The Black Box
The exhibition will take place at the Cinema Teatro della Compagnia in Florence (16th – 20th November 2016) 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 Omer Fast, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige.

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 during Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival.

4. Artists Presentation
The participating artists will be asked to introduce their work in a 15 minutes presentation at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. Here, they will have the opportunity to present the fundamental themes of 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 and Sarah Perks.

6. Conversation room
In this informal environment participants will meet every day, in 45-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.


Karimah Ashadu

1985, Germany / Nigeria

Karimah Ashadu makes short experimental films exploring sentiments of narration. To date, she has produced a small number of films in Nigeria concerned with notions of labour and perceptions of self and place. Her education includes an MA from Chelsea College of Art, London and a BA Hons from The University of Reading, Berkshire. She was one of the 2014 – 2016 participants of De Ateliers, Amsterdam, and has exhibited internationally including De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Bozar, Brussels and Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva. Ashadu has received awards and grants including ARTE Creative, Arts Council England and De Ateliers.

Teresa Cos

1982, Italy / United Kingdom

Teresa Cos investigates the human condition, understood as the endless negotiation between individual subjectivities and global societies, embedded conditions of birth and displaced nomadic becomings. Through still and moving images, sound and music, diagrams and scores, she exposes a sort of absurd dynamic stagnation (loop), generated by the “always different, always the same” repetition of everyday rituals and the mesmeric reiteration of socio-political concepts. Recent and upcoming presentations of her work include the Venice 14th International Architecture Biennale, Drodesera XXXVI, Marres House of Contemporary Culture Maastricht, the Metropolitan Arts Center Belfast, Careof Milan. Cos has been a participant of the Jan Van Eyck Academie program and she is about to start a one year residency at WIELS Center for Contemporary Art in Brussels.

Selini Halvadaki

1985, Denmark

Selini Halvadaki works in the field of film and video. Her research-based work explores how cultural narratives are formed through the production of private and collective memory. She often works within an historical context of found footage mixed with new recordings in which moving images become a tool to initiate critical questions on social and political topics. As part of her practice Selini engages in different collaborative projects and arranges exhibitions as a way to explore collective modes of production. Exhibitions and festival participations: IMAGES FESTIVAL, Toronto, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, CPH:DOX (DK), It might be political (DK), FOKUS VideoArtFestival, Copenhagen (DK), EXTRACT IV – Young Art Prize, Copenhagen, Athens International Short Film Festival, South East European Film Festival, Los Angeles, A Feminist Reader: Hannah Wilke, Copenhagen, Swedenborg Film Festival, London, Copenhagen ShortFilm Festival, Pune Short Film Festival, Maharashtra (IND), Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Film Festival, Istanbul.

Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet

1981, France

Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet founded I.I.I.I. (International Institute for Important Items) in 2001, for which they produce performances, genre movies and installations. Kunsthal Aarhus (DK) and Passerelle in Brest (F), the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, the Synagogue de Delme (F), FRAC Champagne Ardenne (F), Kunstverein Braunschweig (DE) and Kunsthaus de Glarus (CH) organized solo presentations of their work. They recently took part in the exhibitions The blue-grey wall, The Physics Room (NZ), Bonne chances pour vos tentatives…CRAC Alsace (F), The other sight CAC Vilnius, Liverpool Biennial, Test Run Oxford Modern Art. In the past three years they produced original performances for Artissima 2014, where they won the performance prize, Biennale de Lyon, Dallas Contemporary, FIAC in Paris, the Whitechapel Gallery in London, LAM in Lille, Musée Picasso in Paris. Their first publication, Attraction étrange (2013), is available from JRP publishers, and their second, Spectacles without Objects has been published by Kunsthal Aarhus/Pork Salad Press in 2016. They are represented by Marcelle Alix Gallery in Paris.

Callum Hill

1987, Canada / Gran Bretagna

Callum Hill is a British/ American artist Filmmaker graduated from the Royal College of Art in MA Sculpture – Moving Image in 2016 and has a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London 2009. Through methodologies of pattern recognition and an interest in the effects of capitalism on the modern day psyche, her films map multiple connections and intensities, all the time slipping between different time frames, characters and narratives. Her work has most recently been screened and exhibited at LUX, London Constructs 2016, Your island, your mattress Solo Show, Mindscape Embassy, Berlin, curated by Joseph Constable 2016, Aesthetica Film Festival 2016 & 2015, Moscow Experimental Film Festival 2016, London Short Film Festival 2016, Gas Works London, 2016, The Show Room, London 2015 Now We Can Go in conjunction with the ICA, Le Nemisache, artist residency, Napoli Italy Arts Council funded 2015, Passing Glitches Peckham Plex, 2015. She has been awarded with an Arts Council England grant (2014) and was part of the BFI’s Experimenta Speed Pitch (2016).

Jean Hubert

1987, France / Netherlands

graduated in 2010 from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (Ensba). His way of working is centred around the aesthetics of ‘genres’ – science-fiction, propaganda, love story, thriller. During the shooting of a video, there are always two degrees of reality embedded: the characters, often in a state of doubting, start telling about another world, not the one where they move in – the fiction. They talk about our daily worries, our banal tasks, through this window opened in the fiction.
He studied video at the Emily Carr University of Vancouver. He followed in 2012 and 2013 residency program in Amsterdam, at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, during which his work was supported by institutions such as the Amsterdam Fonds Voor de Kunst, the Mondriaan Fonds, and the Nederlands FilmFonds. He is currently doing a residency in the Cité des Arts in Paris.

Gili Lavy

1987, Israel / Great Britain

Gili Lavy continuously investigates the relationship between beliefs, religion and identity. Lavy’s work has been exhibited and screened in a number of Galleries, Museums, Art Biennales and Festivals including Whitechapel gallery London, Epos International Art Festival (Tel Aviv), Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Prix Europa (Berlin), Offprint – Tate Britain, Art Dubai, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Unit London, Hongik Film Festival south Korea, The Dyson Gallery London, The Center for Contemporary Art TLV, New Now (Amsterdam). Lavy awarded The Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, for which she was commissioned to create the piece Autumn Clouds. This work has been exhibited and screened internationally, including at the Belo Horizonte’s International Biennale of Photography in Brazil, TAUFF Film Festival in Tel Aviv, CAFA Museum of Art Beijing and Elia Art Festival in Glasgow. During 2014 Lavy was awarded the prestigious Clore Duffield Foundation Art scholarship for a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art, London. Lavy was recently selected as one of the final five nominees for the Mario Merz Prize in Turin, Italy 2017.

Elena Mazzi

1984, Italy

Elena Mazzi received her BFA in 2007 in Art History from Siena University, and her MFA in 2011 in Visual Art from IUAV, Venice University. She was selected for an exchange program at Royal Academy of Art (Konsthogskolan) of Stockholm. She participated in the 14° Istanbul Biennale, 17° BJCEM Mediterranean Biennale, EGE-European Glass Experience, Fittja Pavilion at the 14° Architecture Venice Biennale, COP17 in Durban, Festival of Contemporary Art in Slovenia, and among others she exhibited at GAM (Turin), Barriera (Turin), Botkyrka Konsthall (Stockholm), Italian Institute of Culture (Stockholm), XIV BBCC Expo (Venice), Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation (Venice). She attended different residency programs and workshops such as HIAP (FL), GuilmiArtProject (IT), Viafarini (IT), Foundation Botin (SP), Bevilacqua La Masa (IT), Future Farmers A.I.R. (USA), Fondazione Spinola Banna (IT), Dolomiti contemporanee (IT), Botkyrka Konsthall Air (S).

Laura O’Neill

1990, Great Britain / Netherlands

Laura O’Neill works simultaneously in a variety of media-video, sculpture, sound, and text. In each case there is a dynamic tension between the intrinsic transformative states of matter. This energy is timely modulated and heightened through sound, imagery and the inclusion of found and/or crafted objects. Her works are distinguished by their fascination with the fragility of experience and the body. Past projects include: Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, 2016; Composite, Brussels, 2016; ICA Film Biennale, 2016; Focal Point Gallery’s Big Screen, Southend-on-Sea, 2016; Bikini Wax, Mexico City, 2015; ICA, London, 2015; Camden Art Centre, London, 2015; Baltic 39, Newcastle, 2014; Liverpool Biennale, 2014; Spike Island, Bristol, 2013 and a recent film commission from Mexico City Metro, 2015. She is currently a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.

Caterina Erica Shanta

1986, Germany / Italy

Caterina Erica Shanta explores images, photography in particular, as constitutive part of our memory and identity rebuilding. Using video as main medium, she focuses her research on the redefinition of the images of documentary films. After the MA in Visual Arts at IUAV University in 2014, she has been enrolled in Bevilacqua La Masa’s Foundation Atelier for one year. In that period she has produced Sogni, a documentary film about WWII in Venice. At the end of 2015 with the University production support she made Palmyra, a film for the theatre piece Omaggio di Venezia a Palmyra: un canto per immagini curated by Monica Centanni and Marco Bertozzi. At the beginning of 2016 Shanta has taken part of Artevisione promoted by Careof and Sky Arte HD and won the second prize – a three months residency in Careof’s Studios in Milan. She is now working on a new film project Il cielo stellato which will be produced in Matera in 2017 thanks to Careof, Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation and Southeritage Foundation.

Emmanuel Van der Auwera

1982, Belgium

Emmanuel Van der Auwera studied in France at the École supérieure d’Art in Clermont-Ferrand (2005-2008) and at Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains (2008-2010). Van der Auwera makes videos, installations, photos and sculptures, that let a cryptic perception of reality emerge from the political, historical or scientific context and references included in his work. He is Laureate of a post-academic course at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) in Ghent (2014-2015) and recipient of the Langui Award of the Young Belgian Art Prize. In 2016 his works featured in exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, Extra City (Antwerp), the BIP biennale of Liège and Meymac Contemporary Art Centre amongst others. Recent exhibitions include also Indiscipline, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), The End of the World, Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato) and solo exhibitions at Espace croisé Art Center (Tourcoing) and Harlan Levey Projects.


Nico Joana Weber

1983, Germany / Italy

Nico Joana Weber studied Fine Art and Art History at Goldsmiths College London and completed her postgraduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne in 2013. Her films and complex video installations explore modernist architectures, subjective markings and uses. Through the observation of various landscapes and locations her work reflects upon subtle changes that have taken place over time and draws attention to the process of transformation and constant renewal.
She received a scholarship for the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (2012), a working grant for South America (2013), the Fiction Film Award Ruhr for Markasit (2014) and is the recipient of the Villa Romana Award in 2016. Her works have been shown at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2015), Marl Video Art Award (2014) and Videonale Parcours of Videonale.14 (2013). Her most recent solo exhibition Selva Negra opened at the Photographic Collection in Cologne in July 2016.



VISIO. Outside the Black Box

VISIO. Outside The Black Box, on view at Cinema La Compagnia, offers an insight into the images and video production of a new generation of artists working across Europe. This exhibition aims at featuring the multiplicity of codes and themes used by these young artists and, at the same time, it reflects on the relations between video formats and exhibition space.

VISIO. European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images 5th edition 

curated by Leonardo Bigazzi

Promoted and organized by Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival

in collaboration with
Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and FST– Mediateca Regionale Toscana

with the support of

  • Regione Toscana
  • Comune di Firenze
  • Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze/Osservatorio per le Arti Contemporanee
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy
  • Institut français Firenze
  • Deutsches Institut Florenz
  • Seven Gravity Collection
  • Cecchi

The selection of the participants is conducted in partnership with

  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera
  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze
  • Kingston University (London)
  • De Ateliers (Amsterdam)
  • Pavillon Neuflize OBC research lab del Palais de Tokyo (Paris)
  • LE FRESNOY Studio national des arts contemporains (Tourcoing)
  • Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam)
  • Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Amsterdam)
  • Royal College of Art (London)
  • Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Copenhagen)
  • Universität der Künste Berlin
  • Viafarini (Milan)
  • Vilnius Academy of Arts
  • WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre (Bruxelles)
  • Zurich University of The Arts