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The 13th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte, a project that investigates the relationship between cinema and contemporary art, will be held in Florence from November 10 to 14, 2020.

The Festival will take place in streaming on demand till November 22 on the PiùCompagnia platform in collaboration with

Among the films on the program, many premieres of films made by artists with a special attention to Italian production, including: , Janis Rafa, Emily Jacir, , Anna Franceschini, and the first documentary dedicated to JR, one of the most famous international street artists. In addition to the films, there will be lectures, round tables and meetings with the authors.

We are happy to be able once more to see films on the big screen. We believe that social sharing of cultural experience is indispensable. At the same time, thanks to the success of the streaming programs that we organized during lockdown to increase accessibility to art in times of physical constraint, we continue to offer cinema online, a mode of viewing that’s expanded extraordinarily in the months of closure- Silvia Lucchesi, Festival director.

The festival includes the ninth edition of VISIO. European Program on Artists' Moving Images with the exhibition Resisting the Trouble - Moving Images in Times of Crisis, produced with NAM - Not A Museum, Manifattura Tabacchi’s contemporary art platform. The exhibition will be inaugurated on Monday November 9 and will remain open until December 8.

In this difficult year, full of hope and despair, Lo schermo dell’arte’s proposal is intended as a reminder for the future. Reflecting on the experience of this chaotic, uncertain, irregular present and exchanging ideas and information with the invited artists and friends, with whom Lo schermo dell’arte shares a path, the festival wants to imagine future scenarios and perspectives, and to think about new forms and modalities of the art system. Today, artists of all disciplines need time, space and freedom, in order to recover, concentrate and proceed. In this time of global crisis, confronting issues and working together is essential.
For these reasons, artists’ film, even more than in previous years, is at the centre of this edition, a choice that has increasingly characterized the festival’s identity, distinguishing it in the national and international panorama of contemporary art. Their participatory and/or critical gaze, their personal experiences, their poetic transfiguration of marginal and marginalized stories, their reflections on the use of the medium and technology, represent possible ways of reading the reality that surrounds us.
Lo schermo dell’arte is also organizing the 9th edition of VISIO. European Program on Artists' Moving Images, a research and residency project conceived and curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, dedicated to artists who use moving images in their artistic practice. It will be held from November 9 to 14, 2020 and is aimed at 12 young Italian and European artists selected through an open call. The selection is conducted in collaboration with some of the most important academies, art schools and residences for European artists.

VISIO is structured as an exhibition, and a series of seminars, round tables and meetings. Among the confirmed guests of this edition: Philippe Alain-Michaud, Beatrice Bulgari, Adrienne Drake, Omer Fast, Ilaria Gianni, Alessandro Rabottini e Hilde Teerlinck.

VISIO is a project based on the construction of a collective sharing experience generated by an open community of artists, curators and collectors. For this reason, everything possible will be done to ensure that the program safely guarantees the presence of artists and guests in Florence. Being aware of the difficulties and uncertainties due to the global health situation, and the precariousness generated by the pandemic, this year it was decided to support the 12 participating artists with 250 euros for travel expenses.
The exhibition of the participants’ work, entitled Resisting the Trouble - Moving Images in Times of Crisis, is produced with NAM - Not A Museum, Manifattura Tabacchi’s contemporary art platform. It will run from November 9 to December 8, 2020 in the spaces of Manifattura Tabacchi, a former industrial complex in the rationalist style, the centre of an important urban regeneration project that aims to create a new district for the city and a centre for culture, contemporary art and fashion that is complementary to the historic center, open to all and connected with the world. The exhibition will present twelve films, videos and installations that reflect on the most pressing issues generated by the current world crisis, proposing alternative visions to rethink the present and imagine the future.

Featured image: Anna Franceschini, BUSTROFEDICO, video, color-sound, 14’ 47’’, 2019, Né altra Né questa:
La sfida al Labirinto, Padiglione Italia alla Biennale Arte 2019, Courtesy: MiBACT - Direzione
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