Indoor Artists 2021



The exhibition Indoor of Lucca Biennale is one of the main sections dedicated to art along with the section Outdoor and OFF.

The indoor collection contains more than one hundred works of art made with paper and cardboard for an exhibition hosted in key places in Lucca, such as the Former Museum of Comics and the Ex Cavallerizza. The more than two thousand square meters of the exhibition allow visitors to discover the contemporary landscape of Paper Art, getting lost among beautiful sculptures, paintings, video art, performances, design works and much more!

logo quando  When?

From August 1st to September 26 


Tickect Entrance  

luog   Where? 

Ex Museo del Fumetto, Lucca. 

Ex Cavallerizza, Lucca (Worrying Objects by Jonathan Bocca) 

Who? What? How? 


  • Anna Onesti

    Anna Onesti

    The Seeds Alphabet 2015 - The Seeds Alphabet 2017 - The Seeds Alphabet 2018

    Anna Onesti trained between Rome and Turin. You then undertook an articulated program of studies in Japan, India and Indonesia to learn the ancient methods of dyeing and restoring paper and acquire the knowledge of the symbolic meaning that accompanies the flight of kites in oriental cultures. Some of her works are exhibited in major exhibitions in Italy and abroad and she is also constantly active in the field of Cultural Heritage with International Institutions dedicated to safeguarding cultural heritage

    Technique: Washi paper and handmade Japanese paper combined with traditional Japanese fabric colouring techniques with the use of natural colours (the itjimezome, the shiborizome and the katazome).

    The Seeds Alphabet 2018, kites to lozenge, gouache and sumi ink on Korean paper Hanji, bamboo sticks and cotton threads, mounted on circular structure in bamboo, diptych composed of 2 mobil each. Two pentagonal mobile forms each composed of 5 diamond-shaped kites, on which are imprinted with black ink shapes of an alphabet made of flowers bloomed from mysterious seeds. The kites set up as large and colourful flower petals, want to grasp the sense of origin, of blossoming.

    luog   Where? 

    Ex Cavallerizza, Lucca. 



  • Brigitte Amarger


    Brigitte Armarger


    Brigitte Amarger is an artist born in Paris in 1954, where she studied art. In the beginning. she used to create textile, mural or sculptural works that explore the themes of light, nature, human being and his memory. Then, she began to explore new techniques, such as the use of luminescent materials, cutting, hot glue, up to x-ray engraving which, combined with the use of waste materials, will lead her to success and the creation of installations in international artistic contexts since 1978.


    A crowd of similar and different humans, driven by both fear and hope, united in a single forward movement in search of a new land to live in, on a long road "By-way / Par-chemin", schedule of the memory, where the traces of their exodus are engraved. Each body is cut into papers of different texture and thickness, previously engraved with motifs that evoke either tattoos, scars, clothes or textile prints, thus giving it its own identity and fragility. 


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  • Camilla Gurgone

    Camilla Gurgone 

    Easy and Effective 

    Camilla Gurgone was born in Lucca, where she attended high school with an artistic focus. Then moved to Rome where she attended RUFA (Rome University of Fine Arts) and in 2020 she participated in an Erasmus project that led her to continue her education in Bilbao, at the Facultad de Bellas Artes. So she began her career as an artist between Rome and Bilbao, participating in competitions and events of international relevance such as the "International Contemporary Ceramic Award" in Zaragoza, "Jarguar Road Show" in Rome and many others.


    Easy and Effective is a vast project that includes installations, silkscreen prints, zines and videos. The idea comes from the parallelism that the artist creates between memory and thermal paper. Just as the mind does with memories, what is printed on the thermal paper is destined to disappear, so the artist begins the gesture of printing his own memories, his everyday life on it with images, texts, sounds and events that involve. Some memories fade, but others remain etched. The artist then proposes a way in which it is possible to eliminate them, namely the use of heat sources such as household appliances, also giving life to interactive performances. These installations are made even more spectacular and publicized thanks to the use of posters, brochures, presentations and video tutorials. 


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  • Carmel Ilan

    Carmel Ilan

    Faded Memory, Shadow, Going away, Memory 2021

    Ilan Carmel was born in 1960 in Jerusalem, Israel, Carmel Ilan and she graduated from the department of Fashion Design at Shenkar College in Tel Aviv and from Parsons School of Design in New York in 1984 and in 1986 respectively. She then worked as a lecturer in Shenkar, and as a freelance designer, before founding her own brand 'IKOO' for children's furniture. In 2000 she started studying sculpture at Basis Art School, graduating in 2004. Since the graduation her work has been exhibited in dozens of exhibitions and fairs in Israel and abroad.


    Faded Memory: we all carry memories of loss, fear, unrequited passion that accompany us and shape our lives. Shadow: shadows scare me, dark bodies that follow me, block the light, reveal my fears. Going away: the wolves wander between us and within us - no one can escape them. Memory 2021: in my dreams I am lost, am I coming or going? Hovering, weightless, transported in the unknown.


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  • Daria Krotova

    Daria Krotova

    Etats D'Ame

    Daria Krotova  is a Russian artist who lives and works between the south of France and Moscow. She graduated in Neuropsychology and Art History and his training focused on the study of the interaction between text and image in the Russian avant-garde. He works mainly in the field of sculpture and installations, using supports such as ceramics, paper and textiles, materials that reflect the fragile and perishable nature of everything. The artist's goal is to represent real living forms, exploring the semantic continuum between what in English is called "Still life" and in French "Nature Death", the temporality that makes things unique, subtle and dramatic.


    Etats D'Ame is a series of works created specifically for the Lucca Biennale 2021, as a continuation of a project started in 2011, exhibited for the first time at the London exhibition dedicated to Russian art "Saatchi". The form of the heart, the protagonist of this series, is itself a metaphor of the different spiritual and psychological states of a person, and not only of his physiological state. It is a strong image that expresses the difficult relationships between oneself and others, between oneself and the world.


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  • Elisabetta Bonuccelli

    Elisabetta Bonuccelli 

    End the cage age

    Elisabetta Bonuccelli is a designer and artist born in Turin, but temporarily resident in Milan, where she opened Unokostudio in 2014, a creative space dedicated to her paper projects. Her vocation for the processing of paper, and in particular for origami, arose from a set of encounters, interpersonal relationships (such as the one with Luisa Canovi) and travels (the many he did in Japan were decisive) that gradually approached her atthe use of paper as a medium of expression.


    A process of transformation in four "acts", inspired by the checkerboard garden designed by Mirei Shigemori for the Tofuku-ji temple in Kyoto. Made with an alternation of stone and moss slabs, the traditional checkerboard pattern degrades until it disappears, creating a perfect fusion of Zen philosophy and abstract art. In the same way the paper, folded with the origami technique of tessellation, becomes the representation of this tension towards detachment, the Nothing, the 'mu'.

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  • Elise Wehle

    Elise Wehle

    Marks in the Glass, Manifestation 2, Manifestation 3

    Elise Wehle is an American artist. She graduated from Brigham Young University and during her study path she travelled all around the south of Spain. During this journey, she was fascinated by the decorative patterns in the ancient mosques in the little towns of Andalusia, once discovered the power of pattern, she began to incorporate dense repetitions of patterns within her works by repeatedly cutting them within her drawings and paintings.Whele's works have been exhibited internationally in both Europe and the United States


    Elise Wehle artworks' relate about intricate decorative patterns on paper made with the use of the cutter, a very time-consuming activity. However, in this length and concentration she finds her utmost interest: with each shape or line that she cuts out, practising repeated movements with her hands, her creative process is transformed into a meditative act. The weariness that comes from her art, however, is rewarded by the greater awareness and clarity that this activity leaves her. The works she exhibits are three: Marks in the Glass, a hand-cut photograph measuring made in 2017; Manifestation 2, hand-cut graphite drawing on mulberry paper from 2020 and Manifestation 3 hand-cut watercolour painting on Kizuki Kozo paper created in 2021.


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  • Elsa Ohana

    Elsa Ohana


    Elsa Ohana is a contemporary engraving and drawing artist who lives and works in France. She attended the School of Art and Design in Valenza and she is memeber of the collective of artists of the Verchaus Castle. Her soft print works, in addition to questioning engraving as a graphic and poetic medium through the theme of cancellation and self-cancellation, offer fascinating stories about the female world and memory.


    Traversée is an installation of 10 "bandeau" works of the size of 2mx60cm. With this work, the artist wishes to let the visitors experience the "printing in situ", making them experience the 'passage into the depths' of paper, half immobile, unlimited, but crossed by paths and movements. Offer a 'site-specific' installation in which the engravings unfold in space, inviting the viewer to experience the device with the senses. Portraits like so many bodies of exile, of the feminine, of desire that face the viewer and question him openly.


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  • Emma Hardy


    Emma Hardy

    A long way down

    Emma Hardy was born in Lincolnshire, England, where she attended London's Wimbledon School of Art. After traveling extensively, she settled in a small mountain in Colorado town, outside Boulder, where she has lived for 25 years. She is a practicing artist who uses a variety of mediums. In recent years she has focused on sculpture and sculptural installations mainly in paper and recycled materials. Some of her works have been exhibited in various public places including Denver International Airport, the Shelburne Museum in Vermont and Burning Man in Nevada.


    A long way down is a cardboard sculpture that represents the dichotomy between fear and desire while taking a leap into the unknown, on the path towards self-identity. Ezra (a pseudonym) is a young friend of the artist, whom he defines as brave, 13 years old and gender fluid.


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  • Eszter Bornemisza

    Eszter Bornemisza

    Quo Vadis, Social Loliness, Square Globes, Dummy, Listen In, Taking The Wind Out, PullingYour Weight, Now What, Locked In

    Eszter Bornemisza is a Bulgarian artist. She is a mathematician and for about twenty years she worked as a researcher in the field of statistics. Parallel to this activity, she began the production of works of art created through the experimentation of various techniques such as the use of transparent fiber, waste and newspapers. Since 1999 she has been a full time studio artist and she begins the creation of paper works, through machine stitching, handmade paper production and other combined techniques such as varnishing and printing.


    The works Quo Vadis, Social Loliness, Square Globes, Dummy, Listen In, Taking The Wind Out, Pullingyour Weight, Now What, Locked In that Eszer Bornemisza will exhibit at the Lucca Biennale were all created during the pandemic and they all reflect on what this historical period has brought out. In particular, Dummy, is the abstract reproduction in clay of dried paper of a head with the tongue out. The latter connects to an arm that protrudes on the back, the arm that controls it. Dummy offers a reflection on the world of information and journalism and on the hunger for news that increasingly characterizes it.


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  • Gianfranco Gentile

    Gianfranco Gentile 

    Visit to the Sacred Tomato

    Gianfranco Gentile was born in Verona in 1949. He then moved to Florence where he studied architecture and approached the world of electronic music and how the latter can integrate with issues of social relevance. He went back to Verona where he began working as a graphic set designer and draftsman. From the mid-90s began the path in the art of painting and still ongoing. Recycling cardboard packaging to produce works that reflect on issues of social relevance


    This work was conceived as part of a collection Visit to the Sacred Tomato, collection that was suppose to reflect on the 'glittering world' we live in, metaphorized in a 'Sacred Tomato'. However, his creation was blocked by the pandemic and this makes the artist veer towards a rethinking of the work, which instead focuses on a reflection linked to the theme of migrants and the inhuman conditions and slavery to which they are condemned.


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  • Ingrid Maria Stockmann

    Ingrid Maria Stockmann


    Ingrid Maria Stockmann is an artist born in Lahr, Germany. She started as an assistant in the economic field and as a tax consultant in Limburg, and later in Munich as a trainer for psychosomatic health. Her career then turns out to the artistic field: she begins teaching ceramic painting in Hamburg and supports fine arts studies in Wiesbaden. Subsequently she also begins to practice art and yoga teachings. Since 2001 she begins to exhibit her works in various international exhibitions


    Outbreak represents a maked woman fossilized in the photo and ready to go. The work is realized through the use of different materials, recycled paper and aluminum, combined with the use of acrylic colors, used for the creation of the face of the figure. Harlekine represents a woman, confined in a harlequin costume, eager for life but motionless, chained to many ghosts. The masks are made with prints on paper.


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  • Jacobo Alonso

    Jacobo Alonso


    Jacobo Alonso was born in Michoacán, Mexico in 1984. He graduated in Computer Systems at the UPAEP (Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebl) and then in Plastic Arts at the UABC (Public University in Mexicali). He participated in several exhibitions and his work was exhibited at the LA Art Show Contemporary Art Fair in Los Angeles CA. , the Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art in Portugal and the 16th International Tapestry Triennial in Poland. His work is part of the Bugatti-Segantini International Collection, the LUME Collection, the Bank of Mexico Collection and the Homeira Goldstein Collection, USA.


    A gap is the small space between two parts of the same body. This project is about the fragment of an entity, exploring the idea of an ever-changing body state. He uses a language that originally constitutes images or figurations and then abstracts the shape over the printed content. He builds through apparently illegible voids that are perceived and reconstructed by the interstices that describe their absence.


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  • Jonathan Bocca

    Jonathan Bocca

    Worrying Objects

    Jonathan Bocca was born in Lucca on February 3, 1998, the city where he attended the Art School. After graduating, he collected his Bachelor's degree in Interior and Furniture Design at the IED (European Institute of Design) in Florence. During his three years of studies, he had the opportunity to attend Chelsea College of Art (UAL) for six months, an experience that the artist defines as stimulating and important for his production and personal growth. Subsequently he had the opportunity to receive a one-year artistic residency at "FABRICA" and to collaborate for Benetton.


    The artist stimulates the viewer to think about how much time we spend inside 4 walls to understand how important space is for us and how much the space and the objects inside it talk about ourselves. For the artist, paper is in fact the support on which to report their dreams, and with which they can give them shape. Every morning for a month he drew an object he dreamed of during the night, and then gave it life through the paper itself. Each object belongs to a dream, and each dream has a story linked to an object


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  • Minhee Kim

    Minhee Kim

    Funeral Clothes for Woman, The Memory Never Will Go Away

    Minhee Kim is a UK resident artist of Korean origin. From a technical point of view, she have experimented  the use of different techniques and materials, until paper in her latest works. At the same time the artist has developed an art that is increasingly attentive and sensitive to social issues, concerning both her country of origin, such as the theme of "Confort Woman", and Europe, such as the theme of migration. Her artistic vocation is always strongly driven by an altruistic perspective, and by the desire to make the fragility of human lives immortal.


    Funeral Clothes for Woman is a piece of a larger collection of 18 pieces with the intent to crystallize the memory of 'Confort Woman', women slaves of sex during World War II, and avoid the oblivion caused by political reasons. According to the artist, culture is the best way to preserve memories. The work is composed of gloss paper on which are printed photos of these women who, although graphited, are still well visible.


  • Neda Shafiee Mogheddam

    Neda Shafiee Mogheddam

    Flow, Birth, Self-portrait

    Graduated in Sculpture in Tehran, she deepened her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, getting the Diploma in Sculpture and Art of Entertainment/Cinema Art. Painter and sculptor, with her concept of installation she reinforces the relationship between sculpture and space. Her research principally draws from her background.


    Flusso: the man, motionless, still hit by flows, is no longer afraid. The cube, container of his mysteries, and in some way his refuge, is now only an old frame, worn out, suffered, imposed. With a slender and essential body he is serenely immersed in the flow of events that are present in the life of each of us.


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