Martina Zena - Play Human

3rd August 2018 - Museo della Via Francigena

Martina Zena has made multidisciplinarity as peculiar characteristic of her own artistic training and expression. Graduated in painting and obtained the Master in Graphic Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, in 2015 she obtained a scholarship for the Editorial area of Fabrica. She has exhibited her works and her performative projects in several Italian cities, including the Print Club in Turin and she has participated in the Splice Festival in London.


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The artist has contributed to Lucca Biennale presenting on August 3rd, during the Network days in the spaces of the Museum of the Via Francigena of Lucca, her audio visual performance entitled "Play Human".
This performative project tells the story of a life, from birth to the last act, through sounds, videos and the
creation of eight monotypes, or rather, images that are created by transferring a sign from a surface to a
piece of paper by pressing of a press or hands. The eight graphics are therefore born from the interaction between sign and sound, in a growing loop in which the boundaries between input and output are blurred.

Gianfranco Gentile - No People Boat

4th August 2018 - Palazzo Ducale

Trained in Florence at the Faculty of Architecture in the '70s, Gianfranco Gentile characterized the most recent part of his artistic production with the use of recycled cardboard as part of his artistic products.
For Lucca Biennale he performed on August 4th, the day of the inauguration of the festival, on one of his three works exposed at Palazzo Ducale.







For all "cartoons", the theme is migration, which in the fragility of cardboard reflects the condition of the people involved in the phenomenon, and as claimed by the artist, underlines "the "historical" link between this material and poverty."
The intervention on the work "No-People Boat", punctuated by the reading of a piece, saw the artist, with white paint, remove the faces of migrants, often condemned by the silence of society to a "non-life", depersonalizing them, as described by the title of the work itself.

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