Bring the Archive into the World
In 2022, Archivio Aperto inaugurates the first Italian competition dedicated to contemporary international found footage works. The new program is intertwined with the history of the festival and the numerous out-of-competition programs dedicated to the history of experimental cinema and the valorization of archival images. Archivio Aperto aims to be a true archival laboratory, training hub and space for reflection on the public use of private images.
Bring the Archive into the World. It is a generative and creative idea that has guided us in this 15th edition of Archivio Aperto, which inaugurates the first competitive section for found footage features and shorts, made from archival, often private, images. The surprising result of the international call launched in this edition is not only the incredible quality of the selected works – 16 titles including feature and short films, from 15 countries around the world and in many cases Italian premieres – but a real semantic reversal. On closer inspection, in fact, the world is returned to us through the archives. The reuse of private images in contemporary documentary and experimental works is more and more, in fact, a political act as well as an artistic fact, increasingly charged with social and cultural implications. Found footage works teach us to sink our gaze into the dimension of the private and the removed and to make the past resonate in the present in order to rethink it, recode it, transform it. Through private stories that become public, micro-stories that illuminate subjectivities, events, spaces and relationships long invisible, the use of found footage overturns the cages of representation and opens us to what appears to be a visual revolution.
Artistic DirectionPaolo Simoni in collaboration with Vanessa Mangiavacca
ProgrammingMirco Santi, Giulia Simi, Gabriele Gimmelli, Madison Moore, César Ustarroz, Lucia Tralli, MicheleManzolini, Claudio Giapponesi, Milo Adami
Competition film selectionSergio Fant, in collaboration with André Habib and Rossella Catanese
Press OfficeLuciana Apicella