Resisting the Trouble – Moving Images in Times of Crisis

The opening of the exhibition, originally scheduled for Monday 9 November, will be postponed due to restrictions contained in the Italian Governmental Decree 3/11/2020. 


curated by Leonardo Bigazzi


A Lo schermo dell’arte and NAM – Not A Museum production

Exhibition opening times
Opening in the presence of the curator
Tuesday-Friday 4:00-7:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 12:00-7:00 pm

The last entrance will be possible 45 minutes before closing.
Monday closed

Free entry

The access to the exhibition is limited in compliance with the measures taken by the Italian government in order to contain and control the the epidemiological emergency COVID-19.

As part of the 13th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte – Cinema and Contemporary Art Festival, from 9 November until 8 December in the spaces of Manifattura Tabacchi in Florence will take place the exhibition Resisting the Trouble – Moving Images in Times of Crisis curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, produced and organised by Lo schermo dell’arte and NAM – Not A Museum, Manifattura Tabacchi’s contemporary art programme.

After having received applications from artists from 33 different nationalities, Lo schermo dell’arte closes the selection and announces the names of the 12 participants of the 9th edition of VISIO-European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images, a research and residency project dedicated to under-35 artists who use moving images in their artistic practice. VISIO consists of an exhibition and a series of seminars, round tables and meetings and has fostered the development of a wide network of artists, curators and collectors. The guests who, among others, have been confirmed for 2020 include: Philippe Alain-Michaud, Beatrice Bulgari, Adrienne Drake, Omer Fast, Flatform, Ilaria Gianni, Alessandro Rabottini, Hilde Teerlinck, Francesco Urbano Ragazzi.



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The pandemic has made us more aware of how fragile life is, undermining our sense of community and heightening our fear of difference. Digital devices are essential tools for staying connected, but at the same time, they overwhelm us with a flood of images and information that deeply distorts our perception of reality. This emergency has revealed economic and social inequalities that are becoming ever more intolerable, and rage is fuelling widespread protests and uprisings. Rethinking our relationship with the environment and with the other species living on this planet seems like the only way to avoid looming climate catastrophe. This exhibition will therefore present twelve films, videos and installations that examine the most pressing questions generated by the current world crisis, offering alternative visions to help rethink the present and imagine the future.”
Leonardo Bigazzi, curator of the exhibition






The selected artists are: Jonas Brinker (1989, Germany), Claudia Claremi (1987, Cuba/Spain), Helen Anna Flanagan (1988, England/Irleland), Valentina Furian (1989, Italy), Megan-Leigh Heilig (1993, South Africa/Germany), Marcin Liminowicz (1992, Poland/Holland), Edson Luli (1989, Albania/Italy), Olena Newkryta (1990, Ukraine/Austria), Ghita Skali (1992, Morocco/Holland), Peter Spanjer (1994, Nigeria-Germany/England), Emilia Tapprest (1992, Finland-France/Hollande), Tora Wallander (1991, Sweden).




Two talks will be streamed live from the former industrial complex in via delle Cascine on the Facebook pages of Manifattura Tabacchi and Lo schermo dell’arte.


Wednesday 11 November at 15:00 | Duchamp Is Our Lawyer

The curatorial collective Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, authors of the exhibition Hillary. The Hillary Clinton Emails (Venezia, 2019), and Kenneth Goldsmith, poet, critic, founder of the online archive UbuWeb, reflect on the storage, consumption and diffusion of works of art on the Internet.


Friday 13 November at 15:00 | Commissioning Artists’ Moving Images

Round table with Beatrice Bulgari (Fondazione In Between Art Film), Han Nefkens (Han Nefkens Foundation), Mason Leaver-Yap (curatore, KW Institute for Contemporary Arte), moderated by Leonardo Bigazzi.



The VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize has been confirmed for the sixth edition. It will be awarded to one of the participating artists and consist in the acquisition of a work by the Seven Gravity Collection, a private Italian collection that focuses on video works by contemporary artists. Through this prize and partnership with the Seven Gravity Collection, Lo schermo dell’arte aims to support young artists by encouraging the practice of collecting moving image works and video installations.



VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images is promoted and organised by Lo schermo dell’arte in collaboration with NAM – Not A Museum. With the contribution of MIBACT – Direzione generale Cinema e audiovisivo, Regione Toscana, Comune di Firenze, Fondazione CR Firenze, Cinema La Compagnia, Manifattura Tabacchi.
In collaboration with Fondazione In Between Art Film, MYmovies
Main sponsor Gucci
Media Partner Flash Art

Lo schermo dell’arte is an international project dedicated to explore, analyse and promote the complex relations between contemporary art and cinema through films, videos, installations, training projects, residencies for international artists and artist films’ production and distribution.
It was born in Florence in 2008 and since several years it collaborated with institutions, art centers, school of arts and Universities in Italy and abroad.


NAM –  Not A Museum is Manifattura Tabacchi’s contemporary art platform. NAM is based on the principle of the interdisciplinary nature of the arts, community involvement, and an investigation of the relationship between art, nature, and science.