VISIO. Next Generation Moving Images at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence

Hoël Duret, La Vie Heroique de B.S. ®Hoël Duret 2014


Contemporary art returns to Palazzo Strozzi with VISIO. Next Generation Moving Images, an exhibition dedicated to video works by 12 international artists under 35 participating in the fourth edition of VISIO European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images.

The exhibition offers an insight into the production of film and video by a new generation of artists born in the eighties and who have directly experienced the transition from analog to digital, the spread of the Internet as a vast archive from which to draw and as a distribution channel of its work, and the development of increasingly sophisticated video technologies that are also available on portable devices such as mobile phones or tablets. The exhibition will deal with different formats and media, from video monitors to the multi-channel video installations, reflecting the contemplative approach or the participatory role of the viewer in relation to moving images.

Promoted by Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival and curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, the exhibition provides an opportunity compare and contrast the work of artists working with the moving image selected through an international call for submissions, including Brud (India / Poland), Alessandro Di Pietro (Italy), Rebecca Digne (France), LucFosther Diop (Cameroon / Holland), Hoël Duret (France), Roberto Fassone (Italy), Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze (Georgia / Germany), Emilie Pitoiset (France), Janis Rafa (Greece / Netherlands), Anike Joyce Sadiq (Nigeria / Germany), Dan Walwin (UK / Netherlands), Baha Görkem Yalim (Turkey / Netherlands).

Some of the artists prefer film aesthetics as a means to engage the viewer in an immersive and poetic vision, Rebecca Digne, Janis Rafa, Dan Walwin Op and Alessandro Di Pietro, whilst others draw upon found footage such as Emilie Pitoiset whose work is suspended between reality and fiction. Hoël Duret shoot his movies, setting up exhibitions of real film sets.
Some works have a political tenure such as We Are One Cameroonian by artist Luc Fosther which touches upon neo-colonialism and imperialism through a concise and poetic visual regime. A highly symbolic and performative dimension also characterizes the work of Bah Görkem Yalim. Pas de deux, for example, evokes the symptoms of shell shock syndrome in veterans of the First World War, utilising an essential and tragic choreography. On the other hand, Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze’s work is undercored by a irony and irrevancy.
You Never Look At Me From The Place From Which I See
You by Anike Joyce Sadiq generates a shadow play in which the artist interacts with the physical presence of the viewer, thus transforming the latter into a real protagonist. Alternatively, Roberto Fassone has realized frenetic collage of pop images, video clips, lyrics, 3D animation and movies found online that integrates the artist performing live singing in a lip syncing movie soundtrack.
Finally, computer graphics and 3D animation techniques are used in the video Umstülpung by the collective Brud (Aditya Mandayam & Ada Pula) to subvert the conceptually so-called white cube space of contemporary art.

Part of the exhibition will be devoted to seminars, meetings and workshops, which will take place every Thursday until the end of the show with guest such as Andrea Bellini, director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, Erika Balson, lecturer at King’s College London and Jason Wood, Artistic Director (Film) to HOMEmcr in Manchester. On Wednesday 18 November the artists in the exhibition will present their work tot the public.

Further, VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize will be launched this year: created to encourage the collecting of video installations, film and video art, with the acquisition of a work by one of the participating artists from the Seven Gravity Collection, private Italian collection of video art dedicated to the works of contemporary artists.

Finally, with the intention of creating new opportunities and stimulating a comparison between international professionals, the artists selected for VISIO European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images will follow the screenings and lectures of the official program of the Screen Art Film Festival 2015 from 18 to November 22, with guests, including Raysse and Runa Islam, and will attend a series of seminars designed to study issues related to their artistic practice conducted among others by Sarah Perks, artistic director of visual arts HOMEmcr in Manchester. There will also be a series of meetings with curators and professionals including: Etienne Bernard, director of the Art Centre The walkways in Brest (FR); Jacqui Davies, producer and editor, Leif Magne Tangen, director of Kunstforening Tromso (NO); Łukasz Ronduda, curator of MoMA Warsaw (PO).

For more information on the 8th edition of Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival, including the a full program of events, click here.

VISIO. Next Generation Moving Images
Strozzina Palazzo Strozzi – p.zza Strozzi 50123 Florence
Opening Tuesday, 17 November at 18:30pm
17 November to 20 December 2015

VISIO European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images – Fourth Edition as part of the eighth edition of The Screen of the Film Festival
Strozzina and Odeon Cinema
17-22 November 2015