Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival. Notti di Mezza Estate VI edition

Piazza Santissima Annunziata, Florence
June 29, July 6, 13, and 20, 2015
9:30pm, seats are limited

Free admission
All films are shown in original language, with subtitles in Italian

Lo Schermo dell’Arte is a series of free art films and documentaries dedicated to contemporary art and its protagonists, now in its 6th edition, outdoors every summer in Piazza SS. Annunziata in Florence. The films in this year’s program tell of projects and works by artists who interact with public spaces a central theme of their artistic practice. The political and social implications of their actions, the dialogue with the urban space and the landscape, and the complex interactions with a large and diverse audience are all factors which these artists have chosen to confront, subverting schemes of all-too-often over-self-referential artistic institutional contexts. The program is curated by Leonardo Bigazzi.


Monday, June 29, 9.30 pm
Banksy Does New York
by Chris Moukarbel, USA, 2014, 80’
In October 2013, famous street artist Banksy created a residential project that involved producing a work a day on the streets of New York. With graffiti, sculptures, performances and spectacular actions, Banksy’s public art project involved thousands of people, and generated an extensive “treasure hunt” in the city, before many of the works were destroyed or removed to be sold without authorization. Chris Moukarbel followed the artist’s interventions, from the Lower East Side to Staten Island, from Williamsburg to Willets Point, and recorded the audience’s reactions, interviewing and listening to the views of ordinary people and those who in various ways are involved in the social and cultural life of the city. Banksy’s project is a collective invitation to take part in a shared experience, and at the same time to open a fierce critique of the capitalist system and the hypocrisy of the contemporary art world.