Outdoor 2021

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One of the most distinctive symbols of the Biennale is the Outdoor section, the beating heart of the event with monumental cardboard sculptures. The works are made during a residence in which the chosen artists are hosted for a month in Lucca, to realize his monumental sculpture. The artists hosted, meet daily in a workshop where they have at their disposal the material, equipment and all the support they need in order to realize their artistic vision. This opportunity allows to compare the different cultures and technical knowledge of each artist.
At the beginning of the event the works are located in the beautiful squares of Lucca, becoming a real wonderful attraction for all visitors to the city.

The call for the 10th Edition of Lucca Biennale includes as its theme "Fear and Desire", a dualism studied and developed by artists to give life to unique works. For 2021 there are 6 artists selected from all over the world. Curious to know them? Find out who they are!


  • Claudio Acuña


    Claudio Acuña

    First of all, movement

    Claudio Acuña Jiménez is a Designer, Artist and University professor. His works stand out for using paper and its derivatives as a support, studying and perfecting the technique of origami and sculpture, He has developed his own techniques highlighting paper and its possibilities, becoming recognizable. In 2010, he created the "Paper Factory" Project as a way of creating large-scale projects in public spaces, with the theme of representing the human being and his life in society.

    ARTWORK: The work to be done at the Lucca Biennale is a large-format installation, which will invite reflection on social behavior; that forces us to take a side when making decisions and how those decisions when multiplied are those that generate movements, which define the ways of life today.


    Claudio Acuña


  • TOMA!



    The Amazon

    María Dolores del Sol Ontalba & Antonio Nardozzi collaborate on both research in the field of architecture and in the analysis of complex geometries and technics through TOMA!, a building workshop where most of their work is based on the application of experimental concepts to design and architecture at any scale. Backed by their distinct paths and various experiences, in a continuous exchange and confrontation, they try to enrich each other by encouraging further common thinking. Over the years, TOMA! [team of manufacturers architects] allowed them to share ideas and points of view on architecture and the most urgent social issues related to it.

    ARTWORK: The work presented for Lucca Biennale 2021, shows a large forest where we find that trees are made from the remains of cardboard boxes. Fear and desire coexist together in a small artificial forest. Those boxes that populate our homes and we can't wait to open, often contain objects of desire induced by consumerism and advertisements, superfluous objects protected by a precious material such as paper. In the current scenario of deforestation and strong climatic changes, the amazon wants to make people think about the thin thread that binds desire and fear, consumption and pollution, useful and useless.




  • Papier Atelier


    Papier Atelier 


    The Paper Atelier is an artistic duo composed by Türker Akman, who studied architecture and Deniz Yılmaz Akman who instead studied sociology. Together, they are creating paper sculptures and installations.

    ARTWORK: While thinking about the theme "Fear&Desire", the story of "1001 Nights" appeared in their minds. And focused on Shahryar's dilemma about the fear of being cheated on and the desire to hear the end of the never-ending tales of Scheherazade. They decided to reflect this in-between situation with a wire walker scene. The fear of falling down and desire to hear the end of the tales push Shahryar to walk across the wire. The artists want to reflect on two different fear factors with this piece. Firstly, the character's hardly balancing posture will reflect the fear of falling. Secondly, the viewer's fear of passing under the massive looking sculpture.


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  • Sebastian Blomqvist


    Sebastian Blomqvist 

    Crossing borders 

    The artist have been experimenting with cardboard and papier mâché as a sculpting medium for about eight years. He has evolved a strong interest in exploring architecture and the anatomy of the human body using only cardboard these days.

    ARTWORK: For Lucca Biennale 2021 he will build a bull, using architectural elements existing in the city of Lucca to emphasize the story that has inspired him: the greek myth of Europa. Europa was a princess, in what is now Syria and Lebanon. In the myth, Zeus, disguised as a bull, takes the princess across the Mediterranean sea, hence creating the cultural seed that has become the western civilisation. Europa was in a way a refugee, escaping the rage of the goddess Hera, and the bull as the vessel that made her journey possible. The artist find interesting, the way that the myth reminds us today about the refugees making the same journey to the ports of Europe.


    Sebastian Blomqvist


  • Ankon Mitra


    Ankon Mitra

    Clouds of illusion 

    Ankon Mitra is an architect and artist of international repute. Recipient of the All-India Gold Medal for Sculpture in 2018 and the Lexus Design Award for Craft Design in 2020, his work has been exhibited in India, Italy, France, UK, USA, Japan and most recently the Shanghai International Paper Art Biennale in 2019. He is a finalist at the Arte Laguna in Venice, a TEDx speaker and a warrior for 'making connections across disciplines', with 'Oritecture = Origami + Architecture', Mitra shares a unique vision of a universe forming and dissolving from acts of folding. He is also a recipient of the Outdoor Award of Lucca Biennale in the previous edition of 2018. 

    ARTWORK: The work that will be presented at the Biennale 2021 represents a cloud made of money that floats over our entire living existence. We never got rid of it; almost nothing we do is spared from the power and influence of these clouds. It is the oil that moves human civilization. Viewers walk through a dense forest of clouds made of money, immersed and lost in illusion, not realizing that money has taken their imagination completely, and has become the most important element that feeds reality. 


    Ankon Mitra


  • Amber Dohrenwend


    Amber Dohrendwend

    Sleep Walker

    Amber Dohrenwend is an American artist based in Tokyo, Japan. She constructs post-consumer cardboard sculptures, costuming and installations with soft, organic curves and textures. Her technique transmits a feeling of transparency and levity through the cardboard and the material is unexpectedly transformed from something flat and lifeless into something much warmer and more alive. She sees cardboard as the perfect medium for creating objects that can exist in a moment, meet people where they are, and then be reduced to material again.

    ARTWORK: For the Biennale she has created a work titled, "Sleep walker," which imagines form and movement in the space that exist between the extremes of fear and desire.


    Amber Dohrenwend



The 10th Edition of Lucca Biennale will be held for the first time in an odd year from August 1 to September 26, 2021.

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Indoor 2018

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Two locations and over two thousand square metres of exhibitions: the Art Indoor section of the Biennale showcases art work that represents the state of Contemporary Paper Art, including sculpture, paintings, installations and video art.


  • Paola Margherita

    Paola Margherita

    Palazzo Ducale

    Paola Margherita was born in 1970 in Rome. She obtained her degree in Art and Sculpture in Naples. Her artworks for the Bienniale are “Asina” and “Palma” that speak of female behaviour in our society. “Asina” was born from the artist’s desire to encourage women to escape from the heavy load that society weighs her down with. A woman must conserve her animal and irrational instinct to defend herself, even by kicking violently to keep her independence and nature autonomos and alive. “Palma” represents a girl who is tracing her entire life in the air, from her toes to the tip of her hair. In this way, past and present are melted in a single gesture.

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  • Paola Bazz

    Paola Bazz

    Palazzo Ducale

    Born in 1965 in Padua, she now lives in Manchester. She has a degree in architecture, she decided to follow her passion for painting and drawing through the use of recycled paper, cardboard and wood, dealing with various topics. At the Biennale she presents artworks which deal with the transformation of our individual identity and also that of society. Her works are made with the technique of collage and drawing to underline how the chaos of all the information we receive is changing our identity, forcing us into a continuous state of uncertainty. These works also wish to give viewers the opportunity to reflect on the use of the female image and identity in advertising or in consumerist society.

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  • Gianluca Traina

    Gianluca Traina

    Palazzo Ducale

    Gianluca Traina is an Italian artist born in 1984. He studied fashion design in Milan and then in Barcelona, but he currently lives in Sicily. The theme of his art relates to the term “race” which generates conflicting reactions, caused by media influence and ignorance expressed through social media and public debate. The term “race” must be used only for the differences between species and not for humans. Today skin colour, physique and gender are used only to mark differences, that’s why the artist has chosen to deal with chaotic information that invades society. He wishes to introduce the concept of equality through art, and make the spectator think about the differences between genders and skin colour.


  • Gianfranco Gentile

    Gianfranco Gentile

    Palazzo Ducale

    Born in Verona in 1949, he lived in Florence in the 70s where he obtained a degree in architecture. In his recent works he uses the fragility of cardboard as a metaphor to reflect on immigration. He’s taking part in the Biennale with artworks that highlight a moment, that are talking to the silence and telling the drama, the tragedy, that hits millions of people that are running away from war. But tehir presence generates a confused and irrational murmur in our society, or just a guilty complicit silence. Information and silence don’t always have negative connotations, it is also necessary to know the phenomenons and it is the first step to finding a solution. Silence in front of a tragedy means respect, finding silence inside of ourselves helps us communicate with different people and it allows us to understand points of view that are distant from us. 

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  • Maribel Mas

    Maribel Mas

    Palazzo Ducale

    Born in Venezuela in 1967, she has a degree in graphic design, serigraphy and lithography. At the moment she lives and works in Germany. “Interferences” is born from the casual meeting of lines. She uses cardboard models, line tracks and vibrations as if the pen is a musical instrument. In fact musical composition techniques have had a big influence on Maribel’s creativity. That’s why she uses material such as paper and ink. Paper has become an animated element, while her work takes shape. Maribel uses printing techniques such as lithography and serigraphy with Japanese handmade paper. In her works, the artist invites the visitor to think about the multiplicity and transience of things, or just invites the eye to interact with the lines.

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  • Olga Danelone

    Olga Danelone

    Palazzo Ducale

    Olga Danelone  was born in Udine in 1964. She studied arts and media in Udine and Urbino. She works as a painter and she has studied oriental and western philosophy. At the Biennale she presents: “Inclusione”: the quantum and the indetermination of time and how it embraces the niche in which we live, that has no limits and that extends itself to all of the world. The entire population is a chaos of meetings and exchanges, a chaos that we need to manage to obtain silence and capture a fleeting moment, a transformation. She is also presenting “Trofallassi” (a scientific way to describe insects’ communication). The piece represents the increment of the population with its movements, a flow of contacts without contact, talking without talking, seeing others or just ourselves.

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  • Hyacinta Hovestadt

    Hyacinta Hovestadt

    Palazzo Ducale

    German artist born in 1954, she obtained a degree at Munster University and then worked as a lecturer till 1985, as research assistant till 1991 and as author, journalist and as a publicist till 2005, when she began working as a sculptor aiming to reproduce ancient relics which were buried by time. For the Biennale, she uses the image of ancient objects to communicate decadence, their ability to survive damage and the beauty of imperfection, even if she gives the viewer freedom to interpret her artworks. The claim of time, the inevitable destruction and decadence combine silence and chaos giving birth to new things.


  • Adriano Attus

    Adriano Attus

    Palazzo Ducale

    Born in Sanremo in 1971, Adriano Attus for over 20 years has been a designer and art director for publications of some of the major Italian publishing houses, from “Mondo” to “Panorama”, he is now the creative director of “Il Sole 24 Ore”. He is taking part in the Biennale with artworks that belong to his “Neometrie” series, in which numbers are used as a medium to express the contrast between what is true and what is false, the inseparable relationship between science and faith, the connection between single units and multiple phenomenons, between chaos and reason. When creating his works, he uses a mosaic technique using pieces that create geometric shapes with each other, placed depending on the number of spaces, colors and formations. The final result depends on the firmness of the single representations.

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  • Marco Zecchinato

    Marco Zecchinato

    Palazzo Ducale

    Born in Padua in 1992, he found a passion for art through graffiti. He studied art in Venice, then taking on a project in Venezuela teaching graffiti techniques to local children, followed by a masters degree in Lisbon in public sculpture. The artworks presented at the Biennale represent: Silence: the metamorphosis of paper as a material which is transforming itself through a cycle, as happens in nature. Chaos: noise created by the transformation and intended also as the reaction of people who distance themselves from metamorphosis and refuse the concept of life and death. These artworks also have a social message because the technique of origami was born thanks to the Chinese immigrants in America that during their imprisonment  awaiting integration,  started to create traditional paper shapes. This story is necessary to explain the contrast between populations that emigrate and those that receive them today, and aims to communicate a message of peace that can be transmitted through art.

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  • Ho Yoon Shin

    Ho Yoon Shin

    Palazzo Ducale & Mercato del Carmine

    Korean artist born in 1976, he has a degree in sculpture at Chosun University. He started to work with poor material such as rubber, straw and then paper. This interest in low cost, poor material that is available to everybody was stimulated by the artist’s idea of human weakness in society and his desire to overcome it. Paper through its properties (transparency, popularity, warmth, smoothness etc.) seems to be more similar to the sensitive nature of humans than any other material. The artist identifies with this poor and incomplete material by trying to overcome its weaknesses and increasing its strengths. In Palazzo Ducale, the ratist presents the works “Abandoned dog”, “Island 001-1” and “Island 002-1”.

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  • Anne Vilsboell

    Anne Vilsboell

    Palazzo Ducale

    Anne Vilsbøll, Danish artist and author, has been making handmade paper as an artistic means of expression since the early 80s. The artist believes that paper is a material that accommodates most of the requirements artists may place on the material for graphics, paintings, sculpture, photo, installation, interior decoration, fashion, furniture, books, music and performance. Works expressed in and with paper have a clear and definable style. Paperism is an art form in its own right. For the Biennale, the artists participates with artworks that aim to demonstrate that it is possible to print on highly structured surfaces that have excellent tactile qualities. These works provoke a reflection on the meaning of silence, as the figures in the paintings appear to be silent, but behind their apparent calm there are questions with chaotic answers.

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  • Michele Landel

    Michele Landel

    Palazzo Ducale

    Michele Landel is an American paper artist with a degree in Arts and History of Art from Pittsburgh and Texas university, she currently lives in France. Her artworks deal with the topic of weakness and stress caused by motherhood and post partum depression. She compares domesticity and femininity with the chaos and isolation of which nobody wants to talk. She creates a contrast between a perfect surrounding and abstract women that appear in conversation with themselves through the combination of empty images, cuttings from magazines or books and women taken from ancient and contemporary drawings, with a print technique of blurring, and different textures. The titles of the artworks have been taken from real experiences of women who told their own stories about postpartum depression in the broadcast “Terrible, thanks for asking”.

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  • Raija Jokinen

    Raija Jokinen

    Palazzo Ducale

    A Finnish artist, she graduated in Art and Design at Helsinki. She creates her artworks with handmade flax paper, because she considers it easy to mould, and she combines painting with sculpture and sewing in order to emphasise her artistic approach, which is based on the emotions, situations and thoughts we all have. Raija observes the relationship between physical and emotional environment and she often represents the details of the human body through roots and branches connecting nature to the human body. She finds the analogy between material and immaterial and our bodies cause us to ask ourselves which is the limit between physicality and emotivity.

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  • Liang Haisheng & Paper Life

    Liang Haisheng & Paper Life

    Palazzo Ducale

    The piece “Triangle Folded Paper Lantern” is the result of a collaboration between Liang Haisheng, tetrahedron origami artist, and Paper Life, a duo of visual designers comprised of Ye Jing and Tao Jie. The work is a combination of mathematical calculation and primitive methods, such as handmade paper making.

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  • China Academy of Fine Art, Shanghai Institute of Design

    China Academy of Fine Art, Shanghai Institute of Design

    Mercato del Carmine

    China Academy of Fine Art, Shanghai Institute of Design presents “Temperature of hand” at the Biennale. The artists that took part in the project are: Kong Qiongpei, Ma Chuan, Zhang Ting, Chen Huasha. Their piece is a papercut installation made with Xuan paper, that represents human emotions in various phases.


  • Joe Wong

    Joe Wong

    Mercato del Carmine

    The concept behind Joe Wong’s art is that a product, its aesthetic (its exterior appearance) and its place in the environment have an inseparable connection. At the Biennale he is presenting “Vase”, a vase that represents Chinese culture and that contains the meaning of life, in other words continuation and connection

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  • Giada Ambiveri

    Giada Ambiveri

    Mercato del Carmine

    Giada Ambiveri is a young artist born in 1991, she studied art and later she obtained a degree in Architecture. She has been inspired by Italo Calvino’s story: ‘’The Invisible Cities’’ to create the artwork ‘’Suspended Cities’’ made with recycled cardboard and other recycled materials. She used the urban waste to communicate that from these society rebuilds itself like an urban crust that covers the wounds of the Earth. Her artworks represent urban society which is founded on the ruins of the past, and is destroying the Earth that at the same time is regenerating itself just like human skin regenerates itself from the wounds. The city becomes a metaphor of a life that is led in total chaos, but also in loneliness. The use of paper in this case represents the silent origin and Earth’s memory, while the fact that the piece is suspended represents the liveliness of the city’s inhabitants who change their shape and condition constantly.

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  • Katarzyna Lyszkowska

    Katarzyna Lyszkowska

    Mercato del Carmine

    Katarzyna Lyszkowska is Polish artist and art teacher born in 1981. The artist explores individual and collective identity, the connection it has with the universe and the importance of every person. Her artistic representation captures stories and biographies. The artist’s work at the Biennale is anthropomorphic, based on a strong cultural symbolism. The viewer is an indispensable part of the installation, he generates a situation of reception, he co-creates the artwork, becoming the axis mundi of each house. “House of cards” aims to be a combination between creation and destruction, representing an emotion, a chaotic world. Every representation captures a moment of life, like a doll house, that is reminiscentof childhood or a cage that represents adolescence in which one feels imprisoned, as it protects and suffocates at the same time.


  • Marie Schirrmacher-Meitz

    Marie Schirrmacher-Meitz

    Mercato del Carmine

    German artist born in 1957, she has a degree in Art. She uses paper as a means of communication that connects different cultures and religions to art. Her objective is to gain a reaction from the viewers by making them reflect on the values that society needs. The work presented at the Biennale is the result of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan on 11th March 2011 in which more than 19.000 people died. The piece speaks of the chaos created by this disaster, and the silence held towards it that the world has shown in recent years. A silence that has been spread on the chaos like a red carpet. We have become deaf to this subject and we turn our backs looking for peace outside and inside our heads. The artist sees her installation as an appeal against oblivion.


  • Tongji University - CAUP

    Tongji University - CAUP

    Piazzale S. Donato

    The College of Architecture and Urban Planning is one of the first colleges in China with programs in urban planning and is one of China’s most influential educational institutions. It aims to build harmonious and sustainable environments, carrying forward Chinese spiritual traditions, fostering international and domestic cooperation, and helping to create a bright future for their country. The project presented at the Biennale by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning is based on the traditional Chinese “Ting” buildings, where people used to stop and rest. These buildings are without walls to offer the visitor the necessary space. The cardboard architecture takes inspiration from Roman arches and traditional elements that reinforce the structure. In this way, the traditional Chinese building are fused with Roman archways. The structure planned by the students is composed of a large space, a medium sized one and one part for kids to emphasize the various sizes. The three spheres appear completely different inside.  This project aims to underline closure to the outside world and the lack of communication. For this reason the top part of the pentagon has been removed and some windows have been inserted that connect the inside to the outside.

  • Han Ho

    Han Ho

    Palazzo Ducale

    Han Ho is a Korean artist, he obtained his degree in art in Paris. His artistic approach is based on escape from reality, made up of ideologies, prejudice and traditions. The escape takes place thanks to the world of dreams, which the artist believes to be the main instrument that our body and mind use to regenerate psychic traumas. Dreams are strongly connected to reality as they are an expression of our emorions, sensations and memories, but they are also connected to the surreal world of our fantasy.Dreams are what connects us with our ego, helping us explore and freely express ourselves. Psyche is represented in the artist’s works as light, used as a means to enhance the subject. At the Biennale he is presenting the piece “Eternal  Light - Cosmos”.

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  • Oliver Czarnetta

    Oliver Czarnetta

    Palazzo Ducale

    Oliver Czarnetta is a German artist born in 1966, a qualifid sculptor with a degree in history of art and philosophy. When creating his works, Oliver challenges time and refuses the idea that an artist must have a technical approach. The artist creates his works letting himself be guided by chance, by his instinct and ideas that come naturally to him, for this reason he uses any kind of material. His  pieces generally resemble archeological relics and this is due to his unusual style. The works he is presenting at the Biennale, “Geistergeldrüstung 1” and “Geistergeldrüstung 2”, spring from the artist’s ironic approach to the effect that money can have on the soul and spirit of a human being.

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Outdoor 2018

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They've become symbols of the Biennale: the monumental cardboard sculptures, introduced in the first edition, have always represented the potential of paper and the talent of the artists that create them during their month long artistic residency. From the beginning of August, the sculptures will be installed and inaugurated in the squares of the city.

  • James Lake


    James Lake


    Paperman - Piazza S. Frediano


    James Lake is a British artist. He was forced to interrupt his studies as he was diagnosed with cancer and was subsequently forced to receive a leg amputation. He managed to obtain his degree once he had recovered, but to overcome the difficult convalescence, he taught himself sculpture with cardboard, then teaching his technique in various schools. James thinks art should be an instrument that unites society, and cardboard can knock down barriers that have been present up till now. Cardboard is also the material that elevates the artist the most, in fact he is presenting his self portrait at the Biennal, representing himself at work. The message imparted is that art can flower in a moment of chaos, such as a moment of illness, and can be exhibited in chaotic places like societies, but in the moment of work the artist finds himself alone in a room by himself, and finds inner peace.




  • Kubo Novak


    Kubo Novàk


    Life Space - Piazza S. Francesco


    Jakub Novák is a Slovakian artist born in 1986. After obtaining a degree in architecture, he began working as a lecturer, but left this to dedicate himself entirely to his artworks. His work Life Space is a demonstration of how life can be compared to a closed space that each one of us fills with things that we consider special. These things, which aren’t definitive, may change with time because of events that change our point of view. They become our refuge, where we retreat to meditate, to find interior peace and recharge before diving back into the chaos of everyday life. Our life space is a geometric composition. What seems expressive and surprising when examined up close becomes a palpable modular system, whilst when seen from far away it gains a new shape, making us examine ourselves and isolate ourselves from chance.


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  • Wu Wai Chung


    Wu Wai Chung


    No More Message - Palazzo Ducale


    Wu Wai Chung studied architecture in Hong Kong and then London. She’s passionate about interacting with her audience through her innovative architectural pieces. “No more message” consists in a tunnel like structure, with the internal walls covered in pyramids to reduce the sound waves to a minimum. Visitors can try and communicate from one end to the other, but the sound will not travel clearly. The piece aims to make us contemplate how sometimes we would like to communicate something, but because of certain filters we cannot and we can’t be understood, in this way the silence we take refuge in generates chaos.


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  • Eu Tazé


    Eu Tazé


    Silent Shell, Chaotic Shell - Palazzo Pretorio

    Eugénie Tazé-Bernard was born in 1989, she is a French-Peruvian sculptor and set designer. In her pieces, she combines human anatomy with that of animals (the human body is used so that the visitor relates to the art piece whilst the animal anatomy is a symbol of the individual’s internal emotions). With her “Turtle Woman”, the artist presents a vision of a chaotic world overcome by modern life, inviting the spectator to contemplate what could happen to the future of humankind. It sparks the idea of human bodies adapting to new shapes that could cover them and become a protection, a way to escape, to stay in silence and connect with oneself. A sort of shield that shows the inevitable adaptation of mankind to this modern era.


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  • Dosshaus




    Path of Paradox - Piazza Cittadella


    Dosshaus is the creative collaboration of Zoey Taylor and David Connelly, artists whose work blends painting, sculpture, photography, fashion, video and performance. From the outset, the pair has been interested in the intersection of high and low culture. For Biennale they have created the piece “Path of Paradox”: a grand piano bisected by a coin that appears to have fallen from the sky. The edge of the coin serves as a guillotine, effectively silencing the musical instrument. The message that comes from the artwork has been taken by William Blake’s famous admonition “Where any view of money exists art cannot be carried on, but war only.”  When money is wielded as a weapon against art, the resulting chaos leaves only silence in its wake.


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  • Ankon Mitra


    Ankon Mitra


    The sights and sounds of the cosmos - Mercato del Carmine


    Ankon Mitra is an Indian designer and architect born in 1982. He obtained a degree in design at The Bartlett, University College London. He is passionate about the technique of origami, and tries to integrate it with interior design, writing a book about it called “Questioning Architecture” in which he demonstrates how the Universe itself is a shape that folds and unfolds. Ankon Mitra is taking part in the Biennale with an artwork that recreates the dynamicity of the Universe. It makes the visitor contemplate the spectacular events that occur in the universe, how comets falling, black holes colliding and galaxies merging create a magnificent chaos that transforms our cosmos into a galactic dance, but to our eyes it appears silent. We can enjoy images of color and shapes that come from the universe, but we cannot listen to two stars collide. For us this chaos is silent.


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  • Manuela Granziol


    Manuela Granziol


    Liminal Space - Piazza Guidiccioni


    Manuela Granziol is a Swiss artist and economist, after moving to London with her family she followed herpassion for art. The art piece presented at the Biennale explores the unknown relationship between language and non-language, between communication of any kind and silence. A teenage girl sits on the ground with her head between her legs. Being a teenager represents a moment in which society, media, parents and peers exert pressure on the young girl. Creating this piece using small packages, she wants to represent the complexity of human existence. The various experiences and events that every human lives are fragments (memories, images, texts, people they have met) which make them part of something else, creating a chaotic subjectiveness


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Network Days

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Network Days


For its ninth edition, Lucca Biennale organized the Network Days: 2 days of events, conferences, performances, screenings and refreshments dedicated to the world of Paper Art.

The Network Days were held on the 3rd and 4th August in the centre of Lucca, and welcomed artists, designers, architects, gallery owners, curators and other professionists of the sector. The perfect occasion for those looking to meet and engage with other art professionals, to acquire new knowledge and enrich their personal experiences.

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The Network days took place starting from Friday 3rd August at 5:00 p.m. at the Museo della via Francigena, and Saturday 4th August at Palazzo Ducale.

Among the guests there were the artists exhibited at the Biennale, representatives of Sofia Paper Art Fest, IAPMA (International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists), China Design Centre e dell'Asian Pacific Design Federation.

The first day of Network Days talked about "Paper Art: boundaries and possibilities", with the participation of the Indoor artists of the Biennale (Paola Margherita, Gianfranco Gentile, Gianluca Traina, Manuela Granziol) and Edoardo Malagigi (professor at the Art Academy in Florence). With the mediation of Sigi Beare, the speakers discussed their techniques and the good and bad aspects of paper as a material.
The second conference spoke of the Design emergency project: how cardboard can be used in the design and architecture world to face current emergencies, discussed by  Nicolas Bertoux (international sculptor and designer) and Giusy Emiliano (representative of FAO). Nicolas Bertoux also presented his project "Pirouette": a cardboard tent that is foldable, transportable and cheap, to stimulate a discussion on current housing emergencies.

During the first day of the Network Days a moment of conviviality among the participants was held: an aperitif offered on the walls of Lucca, during which, between a glass of Prosecco and a local delicacy, the guests mingled, an opportunity to exchange experiences and contacts.

The first day concluded with a performance by Martina Zena: "Play Human", an audio visual perfomance that tells the story of life, from birth to death, through sounds, videos and the creation of eight monotypes.

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The second day of Network Days was held in Palazzo Ducale, where 3 conferences were held: the first of which was "Paper Art and monumental sculptures", a discussion between Outdoor artists (James Lake, Eu Tazé, Ankon Mitra, Kubo Novák) on the topic of the challenging dimensions of their paper works.riguardo alla sfida delle dimensioni delle loro opere in carta.

The conference "Is Paper Art the next big thing?" explored the current status of this art form, which are the events that currently showcase it and what will be its future, thanks to the participation of Emiliano Galigani (director of Lucca Biennale), Oskar Ho (director of Asia Pacific Designers Federation), Daniela Todorova and Todor Todorov (organizers of Sofia Paper Art Fest), Carin Reinders (organizer of CODA Paper Art), Nicole Donnelly and Anne Vilsboell (directors of IAPMA -  International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists).  


The Network Days concluded with the conference "Sound, performance and visual art", which explored the potential of paper involved in mixed media, thanks to the participation of Outdoor artists Dosshaus and Wu Wai Chung, Meng (representative of TIAC - The International Arts and Culture group) and Martina Zena (performance artist).








31 Luglio - 10 Settembre

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Confini e prospettive: al via l’8° edizione della Biennale internazionale dedicata alla paper art e al design, la piu’ grande e la piu’ completa di sempre



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