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SUPERBLAST II, the call to free artistic production and experimentation of interdisciplinary languages at Manifattura Tabacchi in Florence

NAM – Not A Museum presents SUPERBLAST II, ​​the second edition of international competition for artists under 40 that promotes the releases artistic production and linguistic experimentation interdisciplinary in nine residences.

SUPERBLAST II, ​​the second edition of the international competition for the assignment of six residences to six artists, so that they can develop projects in complete freedom formal in dialogue with the spaces of Manifattura Tabacchi. An initiative that favors the creation of growth paths aimed at young Italian and international artists with the aim of make the city of Florence the center of a new cultural activism, promoting the comparison between public, contemporary and historical spaces and the construction of a collective memory.

Manifattura Tabacchi
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SUPERBLAST is aimed at artists, thinkers, creatives, activists who have the desire to lead the change, imagine and redesign the places of culture, for a more future sustainable in the era of climate change through the construction of relationships and projects common. Having explored the relationship between man and the environment in the first edition, which has collected more of 700 applications from 48 different countries, SUPERBLAST II descends into the history of places and times we live in, reflecting on the theme of the track: as past and future do they live together in the present? What to learn from the crisis, from the processes of collapse and recovery? What will remain for future generations in the face of the infinite stratification that characterizes the time we live?

The call for applications for the selection of residences is free and open to adult participants resident in Italy and abroad, of any geographical origin and under the age of 40, individuals or groups, with artistic practices of different nature: sculpture, painting, sound and new media art, performance, choreographic and relational practices, workshop-based projects.

Manifattura Tabacchi
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It will be possible to participate in the competition from 13 January until 1 March 2022 by following the instructions on

Each artist will have € 5,000 available for the production of his work, a studio and a accommodation for the period of residence. The first scheduled appointment will be a workshop dedicated to the exploration of the place and context of reference.

The six works created during the residences, starting from the selected project, will merge in a collective exhibition, which will take place in September 2022 at the spaces of Manifattura Tabacchi and in a publication edited and edited by NERO Editions that will be presented during the autumn.


January 13 | launch of the tender

March 1 | closing of the call

2 March – 23 April | evaluation period

April 24 | publication of the winners

May 2nd – July 31st | period of development of the residences and production of the project artistic

13 September – 13 October | indicative period of development of the collective exhibition

More info: Superblast | Manifattura Tabacchi

Manifattura Tabacchi
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