Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival presents the sixth 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 10th Edition of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival (15th – 19th November 2017). 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 28th 2017.

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival will organize a new exhibition project to celebrate its engagement in promoting, producing and exhibiting the works from a new generation of visual artists. Titled Directing the Real: Artists’ Films and Video in the 2010s (14th Nov – 10th Dec, 2017), the exhibition will present one video work for each of the 12 selected artists along with a selection of works from VISIO’s previous participants and nominees of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival Prize. 

Confirmed for the third edition is the VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize (3rd edition) 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, 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.

VISIO is creating a significant archive by mapping a new generation of artists working with film and video and based in Europe. Over 400 visual artists have applied to participate in the first five 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 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. Directing the Real: Artists’ Films and Video in the 2010s
The exhibition will at Palazzo Medici Riccardi and in other locations in Florence (14th November – 10th December 2017) and will present one video work for each of the 12 selected artists along with a selection of works from VISIO’s previous participants and nominees of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival Prize.
Curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, the exhibition is an overview on the practice of a new generation of visual artists working with moving images in Europe. 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 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 Hassan Khan, Roee Rosen, Yael Bartana and Ben Rivers among 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 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 Cinema La Compagnia 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, Sarah Perks and Erika Balsom.

6. Conversation room
In this informal environment participants will meet 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.


Bianca Baldi

1985 Italy/South Africa, lives and works in Brussels

Bianca Baldi takes up historical plots to reveal complex webs of political, economic and cultural influences incorporating photography, film, writing, publishing and installation. She studied Fine Arts in Cape Town (Michaelis School of Fine Art), Venice (IUAV) and Frankfurt am Main (Staedelschule) and was a participant at the Jan Van Eyck Academie (2015/2016). She has participated in numerous large international exhibitions such as the 11th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, 8th Berlin Biennale, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014), the 19th Contemporary Art Festival SESC Videobrasil, Sao Paulo (2015) and group exhibitions at Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp (2016), Kunstverein Braunschweig and Kunstverein Frankfurt (2015).

Justine Emard

1987 France, lives and works in Paris

Justine Emard explores the image with photography, video, installations, augmented reality, through screens, frames and out of field ideas as well as interactions with devices which simulate the reality to project the audience into augmented and fictional parallel universes. Her work has been shown in Sweden, Norway, China, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, South Korea among others, in solo and group exhibitions since 2012. Emard collaborated with the Pavillon Neuflize OBC, Palais de Tokyo in Paris between 2013 and 2017. In 2015-2016, she was a resident in Cité internationale des arts in Paris. In 2017, she is laureate of the residency Hors-les-murs of the Institut Français and Tokyo Wonder Site in Tokyo. Her residency project explores a cross between robotics, intelligence and artificial life, based on experiences of deep learning and human-machine interaction. She participates to «CloudsForests», the 7th International Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.

Alessandra Ferrini

1984 Italy, lives and works in London

Alessandra Ferrini is an artist-researcher, filmmaker, and educator. Her interest in education has led her to develop a pedagogic practice alongside her filmmaking, in which she explores the essay film form and the use of archives. Recent workshops include: Notes on Historical Amnesia pt.2 at Ma*Ga, Museo Arte Gallarate; Archive-as-Method: Colonial Voices and Gazes at Sa.L.E. Docks (Venice); Ghetto Relay at Art Transparent Foundation (Wroclaw, 2016); and Notes on Historical Amnesia pt.1 at Le Murate PAC (Florence). This project was developed in collaboration with the Festival dei Popoli and it was shown at the 16th Rome Quadriennale, within the exhibition Orestiade Italiana, at Ma*Ga Museo Arte Gallarate. Radio Ghetto Relay won the Open Call Europe by A-i-R Wro (Wroclaw) and was developed in the framework of Wroclaw European Capital of Culture 2016. The video was then premiered at Curzon Goldsmiths Cinema.


Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat

1983 Denmark/Israel, they live and work in Brussels

In their practice, Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat (1983 Denmark/Israel, they live and work in Brussels) focus on the performative aspects of the moving image. In their work they aim to mark the spatial and durational potentialities of image reading – moving or still; the relations between spectatorship and history; and the temporality of narratives and memory. Their works have been shown in film festivals as IDFA and Rotterdam Film Festival; Courtisane; New Horizons; on ARTE/WDR; exhibited in solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel and Argos, and group exhibitions in STUK; EMAF and The Petah-Tikva Museum for Contemporary Arts. Their works have been produced by Auguste Orts and Argos and distributed by EYE institute, they have won prizes in IMAGES and Oberhausen Film Festival.

Graham Kelly

1982 GB, lives and works in Rotterdam

Graham Kelly works with the notion that the interface between a digital moving image and its viewer is not constrained to the surface of the screen or the eye. Instead, due to the near omnipresence of networked cameras and video displays in constructed environments, he considers it as a perpetual process that forms hybridized viewers/subjects caught between perceived actual and digital territories. Previous exhibitions, screenings and lectures include:Transmission Gallery (Glasgow), Intermedia (Glasgow), Generator Projects (Dundee), Recontres Internationales (Paris, Berlin), Kino der Kunst (Munich), TENT (Rotterdam), EYE Film Museum (Amsterdam) and the 2016 Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. He graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2009 with a Masters in Research and with a Masters in Fine Art from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam in 2014 and was a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht in 2015 and 2016.

Jonna Kina

1984 Finland, lives and works in Tampere

Jonna Kina works with a variety of media, including films, installations, photographs, sounds, texts and publications. Her multidisciplinary practice explores the notion of encoding and decoding as well as the boundaries between different forms of representation. Kina graduated from the Finnish Academy of Arts and from Aalto University, School of Arts, department of photography. She has also studied in the School of Visual Arts, New York and in Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Her works have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, such as Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Museo Amparo Puebla, Helsinki Art Museum, Sala Alcalá 31, Madrid, Finnish Museum of Photography and most recently in the Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City. Nordisk Panorama Film Festival selected Kina’s work Arr. for a Scene (2017) as The Winner of Nordic Short film 2017 in September.

Daisuke Kosugi

1984 Japan, lives and works in Oslo

Daisuke Kosugi studied Law and Political science in Rikkyo University (Tokyo) and worked as a risk consultant in an insurance company. In 2009 he moved to Norway where he graduated from Oslo National Academy Arts in 2014. By combining installation, performance and documentary style videos, Kosugi constructs seductive scenarios that entail an underlying conflict, often involving his own life. These works raise questions about identities, creative labor or political emotions through the lens of the internalized regulations that restrict our personal freedom. Among others, his work was shown in LIAF (Lofoten International Art Festival) 2017; 9th Norwegian Sculpture Biennial (2017); CPH:DOX (Copenhagen International Documentary Festival) 2017; and 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016).

Basir Mahmood

1985 Pakistan, lives and works in Amsterdam


Basir Mahmood studied in Lahore at the Beaconhouse National University, and received a yearlong fellowship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2011. Using video, film or photograph, Mahmood weaves various threads of thoughts, findings and insights into poetic sequences and various forms of narratives. His works has been widely shown, including The Garden of Eden, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2012; III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Russia, 2012; Sharjah Biennial 11, 2013; Time of others, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2015; Yinchuan Biennial 2016, China; Syntax and Society at The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2016, Dubai; Contour Biennale 8, Mechelen 2017 and Tableaux Vivants, Foundation Etrillard, Paris 2017. Mahmood has recently been awarded a Residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam (2016-2017) and a commission from Sharjah Art Foundation.

Rebecca Moss

1991 UK, lives and works in London

Rebecca Moss works predominantly across performance and video, exploring dynamics between her body and its environment, and between nature and artifice. In 2017 completed her MA at the Royal College of Art, London and she was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize, and participated in group shows at PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, and at the Palazzo Contarini Polignac during the Venice Biennale. Her work is the culmination of a residency programme run by Access Gallery, Vancouver. Four artists are individually sent by container ship across the Pacific Ocean. Moss’ voyage gained international attention when the company, Hanjin Shipping, went bankrupt, leaving Moss stranded indefinitely at sea with the crew. From this extraordinary situation, Moss created the work International Waters from her footage collected whilst sitting at anchor for two and a half weeks.

Arash Nassiri

1986 Iran, lives and works in Paris

Arash Nassiri uses places as the frameworks to produce his work in, as in Land Art. These places can be very specific, like a ruined building, or  a whole city, as in the video Tehran-geles where Los Angeles is used as the representation of Tehran. The work produces a discussion between two opposite poles: the materiality and the virtuality of the place. «I like to imagine my projects as Embassies. They are representations of speculative spaces, where our ideologies can become visible and malleable». Nassiri is the winner of the Press Award, Les Enfants Terribles, Huy (2014); the Best Experimental Short Film Award, festival Côté-Court Pantin, Paris (2014); and the RMIT University Award for Best Experimental Short Film, Melbourne Int. Film Festival, Australia (2015). His film works have been exhibited at the Triennale of Istanbul (2010), the Venice Architecture Biennial, the Biennale de Lyon as part of the Palais de Tokyo group exhibition Le Parfait Flâneur (2015), Fundacio Sunnol, Barcelona (2016) and the Shanghai Himalaya Museum (2016).

Patrik Thomas

1986 Germany, lives and works between Lisboa and Munich

Patrik Thomas explores hybrid forms of cinema, video art and performance, often with a collaborative work approach. He holds a BA in filmmaking and has a long work experience in computer science. Since 2012 he is enrolled at the academy of fine arts Munich with Julian Rosefeldt, Olaf Nicolai and Klaus vom Bruch, focussing on time based media, conceptual art and installations. In 2013 he initiated THE RANDOM COLLECTIVE and GATO ALEATÓRIO, fluid networks of artists, researchers and creators with hubs in Lisbon and Munich. Researching on non-competitive co-creation, applied criticism and alternative ways of education. Recent international exhibitions and awards: Talent Prize 2017, MACRO (Rome), CCA Tbilisi, Center for contemporary Art, Documenta’14 Off-Programme, HELP!, Kulturbahnhof Kassel (Kassel, Germany), Biennial Vila Nova de Cerveira, CPLP Programme (Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal), 18th Mediterranean Biennale, National Museum (Tirana).

Driant Zeneli

1983 Albania, lives and works in Tirana

Driant Zeneli uses film to sculpt place and time. At the core of Zeneli’s research is the redefinition of the idea of failure, utopia and dream as the elements that open possible alternatives. In 2011 he represented Albania at the 54th International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale. In 2008 he won the Onufri International Contemporary Art Prize, Tirana, in 2009 the Young European Artist Award Trieste Contemporanea and in 2017 MOROSO Prize, Italy. He has exhibited at: Mostyn Gallery, Wales, UK (2017); MuCEM, Marseille (2016); Academie de France à Roma Villa Medici (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); MSFAU Tophane-i Aime, Istanbul, (2016); Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan (2015; 2010); IV Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Chile (2015); Viafarini, Milan (2014); GAM, Museum of Modern and Contemporaryart Turin (2013); White House Biennial, Athens (2013); KCCC, Klaipeda, Lithuania (2013).


Directing the Real.
Artists’ Films and Video in the 2010s

The exhibition, on view at Galleria delle Carrozze di Palazzo Medici Riccardi, 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.

VISIO. European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images 6th edition

curated by Leonardo Bigazzi

promoted and organized by Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival

in collaboration with
Fondazione Sistema Toscana – La Compagnia

with the support of 
Regione Toscana nell’ambito di “Toscanaincontemporanea2017” e Giovani Sì

realized as part of
Progetto Sensi Contemporanei per il Cinema

supported by

  • Città Metropolitana di Firenze
  • Comune di Firenze
  • Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze
  • Nuovi Mecenati, Nouveaux mécènes – Fondazione franco-italiana di sostegno alla creazione contemporanea
  • Institut français Firenze
  • Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi
  • In Between Art Film
  • ottod’Ame
  • Famiglia Cecchi
  • Seven Gravity Collection
  • B&C Speakers

The selection of the participants is conducted in partnership with

  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan
  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze
  • Kingston University (London)
  • De Ateliers (Amsterdam)
  • HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme
  • Pavillon Neuflize OBC research lab del Palais de Tokyo (Paris)
  • Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Amsterdam)
  • Royal College of Art (London)
  • Vilnius Academy of Arts
  • Universität der Künste Berlin
  • Viafarini (Milan)
  • WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre (Bruxelles)