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.


Tekla Aslanishvili

1988, Georgia/Germany

Tekla Aslanishvili is an artist, essayist, and curator. In 2015 she completed her master studies with Hito Steyerl at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Since then her work has focused the proliferation of automated production practices and algorithmic management of global urban spaces. Her working methods include essayistic documentary films, interventionist performances, and video installations. She has co-organized the interdisciplinary programs and conferences such as Algorithmic Space and its Social Implications (Casino Luxembourg / LUCA, 2016), Opaque Infrastructures (Artists Unlimited, Bielefeld, 2016), and a Summer School, on the theme of evolution of consciousness and the post-human society (Telavi State University, 2015).

Vincent Ceraudo

1986, Italy, France/Netherlands

Vincent Ceraudo in his works calls into question the perception and the constructs of rationalism, culture, and capitalism. Through various recordings and images, videos, films, photographies, writings, and installations, he tries to capture what might exist outside perception. He studied at the Villa Arson in Nice, and graduated at Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains. He is a fellow of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and an artist in residence at De Ateliers (2016-2018), Amsterdam. His work has been screened and exhibited at Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Italy (2018); at De Ateliers, in Amsterdam (2018); at La Station – Gare des Mines in Paris (2018); at the Faculty of Science in Torino with the Institute of Things to Come and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (2017); at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris (2017); at the Art Center of the Villa Arson in Nice (2017); at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2017); at the Skoweghan program space in New York.

Alice dos Reis

1995, Portugal/Netherlands


Alice dos Reis is an artist based in Amsterdam. In June 2018, she completed a Master in Fine at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam as a grantee of the Gulbenkian Foundation Grant for Arts Masters and Research. Her diverse work, mainly in film and text, combines research and fiction to comment on the intersection between digital platform image production and contemporary socio-politics. Dos Reis is deeply interested in the relations between video making, cinema and contemporary society in a geopolitical, ecological and anthropological sense. Her work has been shown in several institutions and galleries across Europe, namely MAAT Museum (Lisbon), EYE Film Museum (Amsterdam) and Spektrum – Art, Technology Community (Berlin).

Ryan Ferko

1987, Ireland/Canada

Ryan Ferko is an artist working predominantly in film and video. He is an Irish citizen, born in Canada to a family that left Yugoslavia. His work is rooted in a searching for identity. And is concerned with landscapes as unstable sources of narration. Often working in highly politicized and complex social conditions, his work turns to myth and story telling to find alternative narrations. His short film Strange Vision of Seeing Things had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and shown at the New York Film Festival, Ann Arbor. He has participated in residencies at Tabakalera Centre for International Culture (San Sebastian), Taipei Artist Village, Sound Development City (Belgrade/Athens), ZKU Berlin, and Banff Centre.

Riccardo Giacconi

1985, Italy

Riccardo Giacconi has studied fine arts at the University IUAV of Venezia. His videos investigate, isolate and narrate to the public hidden and unknown stories discovered during his stay with specific communities. His work has been exhibited in various institutions, such as ar/ge kunst (Bolzano), MAC (Belfast), WUK Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (Reims), tranzitdisplay (Prague), MAXXI (Rome), Peep-Hole (Milano), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin) and at the 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. He was artist-in-residence at the Centre international d’art et du paysage (Vassivière, France), Lugar a Dudas (Cali, Colombia). He presented his films at several festivals, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Visions du Réel and FID Marseille, where he won the Grand Prix of the international competition in 2015. In 2007 he co-founded the collective Blauer Hase, with whom he curates the periodical publication Paesaggio and the Helicotrema festival.

Vanessa Gravenor

1992, Canada, United States/Germany

Vanessa Gravenor completed her BA at Washington University in St. Louis (2014) with a concentration in moving image. Since 2015, she has been based in Berlin and in July 2018, she completed her MFA at the Universität der Künste Berlin Media Arts in the class of Hito Steyerl. She has received research grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research to study the right to die movement in Switzerland and biopolitical migration. Since 2016, she has been working on the topic of terrorism and the war on terror. Gravenor has shown her work in the US and throughout Europe, with recent presentations at Kino Babylon, Berlin (2018), the CCA, u-jazdowski castle, AIR laboratory, Warsaw, (2016), and the Museum of Photography, Berlin, (2016). She has given talks at the Salzburg Global Academy (2018) and RIXC Open Fields, Riga (2017). Her writing has appeared in ArtSlant, Sleek, 032c, EXPO Chicago, Bad at Sports, and Blok Magazine.

Margaret Haines

1984, Canada/Netherlands

Margaret Haines studied at École des Beaux Arts Paris and Concordia University, Montreal and received her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. In 2015-2016 she has been a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her latest films are multifaceted meandering narratives riddled with philosophical investigation. Haines’s frame oscillates between a myriad of traditional cinema styles from Hollywood fiction film to cinéma vérité. The films are rife with colliding references to the works of Jean Genet Kate Millet Adorno and include allusions to ancient Greek mythology, corporate america celebrity culture, astrology and even Thrasher magazine. Her work has been exhibited at Auto Italia, London;1646, The Hague; Galerie Lily Robert, Paris; ltd los angeles, Los Angeles; Carroll Fletcher Gallery, London; ICA London; Western Front Exhibitions Vancouver, CA; and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin.

Alyona Larionova

1988, Russia/UK

Alyona Larionova is an artist and filmmaker based in London. Her works investigate important subjects of our contemporary society, such as technology, globalization, digital archives. The tension between order and chaos, and the rapid changes in technological and natural spheres occurring in the world, are what propel her research forward. Since late 2015, she has been developing a series of works that call into question the very nature of storytelling and our obsession with certain narratives. Her films and installations have been shown internationally in film festivals and group exhibitions, such as Flatpack Film Festival, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Videobrasil, Tenderflix Video Award, MOSTYN, II Moscow Biennial of Young Art and VII Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art, among others.

Lukas Marxt

1983, Austria/Germany

Lukas Marxt studied Geography and Environmental Science and in 2004 he switched to audio visual studies at the Art University in Linz. From 2007 to 2008 Marxt attended the Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa at the Institut Arte Multimédia. In 2009 Marxt continued with post graduate studies at the Art University in Cologne and HGB Leipzig. In 2017 he spent a 6-months residency in South California, supported by Stiftung Kunstfonds, Kunststiftung NRW, and the Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, where Marxt was researching the ecological and socio-political structures surrounding the Salton Sea. Imperial Valley (cultivated run-off)  is the outcome of this stay. Marxt is the recipient of several fellowships and artist grants, including STARTStipendium for Video und Meida Art from the BKA, Vienna; Forum Stipendium, Linz; Diagonale Preis Innovatives Kino for his work High Tide.

Martina Melilli

1987, Italy

Martina Melilli is a visual artist, filmmaker, translator and curator. She is interested in the representation of the individual and collective imaginary in connection with memory and reality. In the relation between the individual and the surrounding space. Melilli got an MA degree in Visual Arts (IUAV) and studied documentary and experimental cinema at Luca School of Arts, Brussels, where she also collaborated with the artistic platform Auguste Orts. She’s the winner of Artevisione 2017, a project promoting the young Italian video art, curated by Careof and Sky Arte, which produced her short film Mum, I’m sorry, presented at Museo del Novecento in Milan. My home, in Libya, it’s her first documentary film, produced by Stefilm, ZDF/ARTE with the support of MiBACT, that also recognized it of being of cultural interest. It premiered at the 71st Locarno Film Festival.

Michał Soja and Róża Duda

1994-1993, Poland

Michał Soja has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Zurich University of the Arts, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He has presented his works at Polish and international festivals, such as 19th Guanajuato International Film Festival, 26th Message to Man International Film Festival, St Petersburg. Since 2016 he has been working with Róża Duda. In their artistic practice they employ primarily new media, 3d animation, video or installation using techniques typical of commercial applications.
Duda has been studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, at the University of Applied Arts in Wien, and at Zurich University of the Arts. Her works have been exhibited in group shows in Poland and abroad e.g. in Gallery Labirynt in Lublin; Dachauer Wasserturm, Dachau; Gallery New Jörg, Wien. 
In 2017 their work Gold Mine was presented at the Limited Access Festival in Tehran, Iran, as well as in the 15th Art Review Survival in Wrocław.

Katja Verheul

1988, Netherlands

Katja Verheul is a filmmaker and researcher based in Maastricht. She graduated with a BFA in Audio-Visual Arts from Gerrit Rietveld Academie (NL) in 2012 and holds a MFA in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths University, London, in 2016. Her research and film projects evolve around performative realities, post-truth and power structures. Her film Hostiles Sites – Part 2  is focused on several hostile vehicle mitigations in the Ring of Steel in London, their ‘natural’ habitat and the influence they have on our daily lives. She is a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastrich,
from 2018-2019. She received the Young Talent Mondrian fund last year and has been exhibiting and part of film festivals in Germany, The Netherlands, UK and China. Including the New Wight Biennale and the International Short Film Festival in Hamburg.


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