European Identities. New Geographies in Artists’ Film and Video
Artists: Tekla Aslanishvili, Vincent Ceraudo, Alice Dos Reis, Ryan Ferko, Riccardo Giacconi, Vanessa Gravenor, Margaret V Haines, Alyona Larionova, Lukas Marxt, Martina Muso Melilli, Michał Soja and Róża Duda, Katja Verheul
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, a monumental complex that was a men’s prison until 1984. Recently restored by the City Council in order to host
exhibition and research projects, the building maintains the structure of the 19th Century prison, including maximum security and isolation cells. European Identities. New Geographies in Artists’ Film and Video 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.
The exhibition shows 12 video works by participants in the VISIO programme, to give insight into the variety of different cultures and nationalities of artists under 35 working in Europe today. Their works are the expression of a new European artistic identity, strongly fostered and shaped by an unprecedented transnational mobility, yet often revealing a fragile and precarious dimension.
Cities like Amsterdam and Berlin developed well-established communities of artists working with moving images thanks to funds for production and opportunities for study and residence. An open and international system that growing populist and sovranist movements in Europe might affect. The exhibition also intends to critically reflect on the limits of a European context, still too dependent on the financial capacities and the nationalities of the artists.
With this exhibition, Lo schermo dell’arte continues the strong commitment which has characterized its eleven years of activity, aimed at the promotion and production of works by a new generation of visual artists working with moving images in Europe. This exhibition is in continuity to the previous ones held in Florence at Palazzo Strozzi (2015), Cinema La Compagnia (2016), Palazzo Medici Riccardi (2017), and in France at Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest (2018).
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 Cinema and Fondazione CR Firenze.
Photos by Federica di Giovanni