Focus Artists 2021

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In 2021  the section of the Guest Country of Lucca Biennale is coming back, with the wonders of Japan! One of the nations that has contributed themost to the development of paper as an expressive and artistic medium, the homeland of origami and washi paper.

The section focuses on artists and works from Japan to give a comprehensive look at the creative landscape of the country. The artists, architects, scholars and designers invited directly from the country of the Rising Sun present in Lucca Biennale Cartasia an exclusive selection of works and works related to the use of paper! #Lubicax is pleased to present the five artists soul of the section Focus Japan!


  • 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).


    In Seeds Alphabet, the artist has created the veils of a series of kites and a Noren partition on which, with black smoke ink or mica dust, he traced signs and shapes that refer to his personal "Alfabeto dei semi". In these generative forms the artist seems to glimpse almost an alphabet, made of flowers and phytomorphic forms that arise from mysterious seeds. The other group of works, "A floating world- Tapestries as screens", the artist creates pairs of tapestries each of which is associated with a season, inspired by the Japanese novel written by the lady Murasaki Shikibu lived in the Heian period. 

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    • Kakou Imagawa

    • Kakou Imagawa

      Impermanence - The Gods of Wire - In Buddhism Six - Flower Shadow

      Kakou Imagawa has been an instructor of Calligraphy at several universities since 1997, after over forty years of study and performance perfecting her art of calligraphy. Kakou Imagawa is unique as an artist in that she chooses to produce the framework which creates an environment the calligraphy herself, preferring to control all aspects of the finished works, blending materials, such as antique Japanese fabrics from Kimono, Obi (Kimono Belt) and foil. This approach is a radical departure from what is typically found in contemporary calligraphy in Japan.

      Technique: ink and paper, pressed and rolled. For the frames, he uses a Japanese technique called "hyogu" which consists of gluing several layers of thin Japanese paper.


      Through his work, the artist wants to share his thoughts on the impermanence of all modern things. Nowadays, for example, paper dictionaries, once very important tools, are going out of use in favor of vocal translation systems, often destroying ancient knowledge. With his works, the artist wants to represent the damage done by materialism and the continuous and uncontrolled desire for progress. In "Fear and Desire" there is a translation from Buddhist scriptures and a gold plate that represents the damage that the machine of materialism causes to traditions and the environment.



    • Mark Yungblut

      Mark Yungblut

      I, the Skin 

      Mark Yungblut began practising his art by drawing Japanese castles and temples during high school and continued to do so until he was introduced to Yasuyuki Okamura in April 2003 on a trip to Japan. Mr Okamura is a Kiri-e artist and teacher, who taught Mark the basics of this art form. Mark was originally drawn to the technique for its inherent simplicity and effectiveness. He created works mainly relating to Japan, but also pieces relating to Canadian architecture and fauna. Mark has exhibited his works in Tokyo and other locations in Japan, China, Ukraine, Chicago, Toronto and many other southern Ontario cities.

      Technique: Kiri-e, japanese technique based on paper-cutting, plus watercolor


      Mark Yungblut creates his works using a Japanese paper cutting technique called Kiri-e associated with the use of watercolour. His attention is particularly focused on traditional Japanese architecture.



    • Meyko Yokoyama

      Meyko Yokoyama

      Dream - Aneris - Butterfly 2 - Behind the Door - Being born again 2 - The tree of life

      Meiko Yokoyama is a Japanese artist who after graduating from the art faculty of the University of Kochi she moved to Florence where she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. During her artistic career she invented an original technique which she gave the name of Washi-Arte: the image is created through the overlay and collage of Japanese paper, mainly of the Tengujo type (a paper known for its subtlety) and the installation of a backlight system that defines the immagine, currently she continues to develop the technique she devised and exhibits her works in Japan and Italy.

      Technique: Washi-Art (the image is created by overlapping and collage of Japanese paper, mainly Tengujo, a paper known for its thinness. The image is then created and defined thanks to a backlight system).


      The work Dream represents a girl lying on a carpet of flowers in Tuscany. The girl continues to dream with her eyes open deep in this beautiful colorful world, but at the same time she is trapped by her beauty. For the artist, in fact, Art is like a dream that she traps with her beauty, it is a beautiful enchantment. The work is made entirely with "Tengujo" colored Japanese paper.


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    • Yumiko Kido

      Yumiko Kido 

      The passage from matter to spirit

      Yumiko Kid was born in Japan in 1969 where she attended school and later began working as a production organizer of the TOHO theater in Tokyo. In 1993 she moved to Florence where she attended the Academy of Fine Arts and then the two-year course in Visual Arts and New Expressive Languages. Here she meets professor Luigi Doni who introduces her to the art of painting, an art that will become her muse to explain the meaning of her existence.

      Technique: fireink


      Pyres and incense which by burning spread their contents in the form of smoke towards the sky, are still today considered a moment of union between this world and the other world, between matter and spirit, between sacrifice and God. To create, directly through fire, a symbol of communication, the chrysanthemum. A special mixture that the artist calls "fire ink" penetrates into paper, a porous material, and, upon lighting, a small crackling flame, with gusts of white smoke, engraves the profile of the flower on the sheet, with its thin petals.



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    Performance is one of the most engaging and powerful means of expression that an artist can use. For Lucca Biennale it is particularly interesting to include artists in the program who express themselves through performance, in order to ensure that visitors will have an unforgettable experience.

    Two performances were presented in 2018 at the inauguration of the Biennale: Play Human by Martina Zena and No People Boat by Gianfranco Gentile. This upcoming tenth edition will see four performers and their schedule presented down here!

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    • Davide Francesca


      Davide Francesca

      The bride in paper

      La The multidisciplinary training and the continuous multi-linguistic expressive research that contemplates the use and development of all levels of man, lead Davide Francesca to be a complete all-round artist. In 2005 he gave life to the performative works inspired by the sanda "Butoh" and in particular to the project "Le Passant Considérable", a project played between performing arts and sociology to enhance and read the urban context of the cities in which it is realized. Part of this project is the performance "The Paper Bride". Since 2007 he has been a director, set designer and costume designer for both opera and theatre and dance, with particular reference to the Ligurian territory. Since 2011 he has also dedicated himself to "Cake Design" to "Sugar Art" and to "Body Caking", performative art of decorating the body using the real ice.


      The bride in paper a is a performance by Davide Francesca born on the impressions of the Japanese Butoh dance. This dance, which is based on the slowness of the movements, leads the actor/dancer to cross the city and establish a relationship with the audience he casually meets. This allows him to deduce relationships between the various spaces crossed and between the various audiences that characterize them. In the "Performative Urban Survey" project, which allowed the artist to convey his interests in urban sociology, visual sociology and architecture, the spontaneous reactions of the public from which then deduce relationships between the different spaces crossed. This project is then channelled into "Le Passant Considérable", an installation experience of photos, audio and video that collect the public's impressions of all the performances made, including those of the artist Davide Dell'Osso.





      • Elisabetta Bonuccelli

      • Elisabetta Bonuccelli  

        Spit the Toad

        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. His 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 means of expression.


        Spit the Toad, people arrive at a specially set up space and are given a blank piece of paper and a pen. They are then invited to seclude themselves in the dedicated area and to write their fears and desires on the leaflet, freely and anonymously, with a particular focus on those that cannot be confessed, hence the name of the performance "Spit the Toad". Indeed, every person who writes the ticket is given an origami frog folded at the moment, as a form of receipt, as a reminder of the event. At the end of the performance, all tickets will be collected both digitally, for any future use and publications, and physically, to create a permanent installation.


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      • Jacobo Alonso

        Jacobo Alonso

        I, the Skin 

        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.


        I, the skin is the performance proposed by the Mexican artist Jacobo Alonso. Performance that relates the body and fire, two elements feared and desired: the flames, which are both awe and terror of their heat and their strength, and charm, for their colours and their liveliness. Thus, the body also has a dual aspect: the desire for living flesh and the fear of the inert body. The transience of a soft dance with a naked body imprinted on the soot gives life to shapes, impressions and traces, images as peaceful as they are disturbing, like the body and fire.



      • Keos


        Raw Vibes 

        KEOS DANCE PROJECT dance training and production centre directed by Stefano Puccinelli, active in training and production for seventeen years, is recognized in Tuscany as one of the most relevant realities in the sector and a landmark for those who want to undertake the study of dance at all levels, whether classic, modern/contemporary or street / urban. For some years KEOS DANCE PROJECT proposes its dancers/performers, collaborates with important studios that make music videos for the most famous Italian singers. KEOS DANCE PROJECT will turn into DANCEMOD Studio Complex moving in September 2021 to the new MARCO POLO SPORTS CENTER in Viareggio.


        Stefano Puccinelli trained as a classical dancer with Renato Fiumicelli and later with Elsa Piperno, a significant exponent of the Graham method in Italy. Then in London, in some important international centres, he learned contemporary techniques and modern jazz / lyrical. Parallel to his professional activity as a dancer, he deepened his studies in hip hop and its contaminations, in street jazz and physical theatre with some of the best exponents of the world scene. His activity as a choreographer finds the first important confirmation in having been among the finalists of the Prix Volinine, a prestigious international choreography award held in Paris under the aegis of UNESCO and the French Ministry of Culture. As a choreographer, he participates in numerous national and international festivals and sector television programs. For several years he has been developing his work in the field of research and choreographic experimentation with Keos Dance Project, of which he is the founder, obtaining important consents in the European context. He is also a member of the International Council of Dance - UNESCO. Among the latest creations, there are projects/performances for international brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover Italia and Warner Bros Entertainment Italia.


        In an imaginative space with a crepuscular glow, a large box with translucent paper walls extends around itself four stalks of evanescent light. Words, embryos of thoughts tear the paper placenta, now they are human beings half-naked and exposed to the light, narrating with the body what generated them.




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      Fashion, together with art, is one of the creative sectors in which research on materials is always taken to extremes.The constant push to overcome the limits and to identify new textile structures has led designers to the experimentation and use of unusual materials such as paper!

      This is why Lucca Biennale decided to include, within its sections, a special stage for Fashion, for all creative people who work on clothing and accessories made with the poor materials par excellence: paper and cardboard.Lot of people are able to achieve very surprising results, managing to create shapes, designs and fabrics that do not seem possible. In other cases these materials are so malleable and ductile that they no longer look like paper, turning into real pieces of haute couture!


      • Anna Maria Scocozza


        Anna Maria Scocozza 

        But what do you think an artist is a useless figure? - I live in the sea - Labyrinths. I like the roads that lead inside. - The Child Bride, the song of silence - The disobedient - The centering - Codes of the Spring- The law of the Seed, stand stand to grow complete. Flower Strength, Healing - Flowers Are Already In The Roots - Word Necklace - Literal Jewelry - Awareness Necklace - Poetic Necklace. 

        Anna Maria Scocozza was born in Rome in 1965 where she lives and works. She graduated in Costume and Fashion, she attended the Free Nude School at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and many specialization courses in painting and decoration. She led and designed numerous artistic / creative workshops and painting techniques courses at museums, schools, associations, youth centers for adolescents, adults and children. She has also participated to numerous group and personal exhibitions in Italy and abroad and her works can be found in Italian foundations and collections.



        The three works "Madre provvida", "Flowers are already in the roots" and "But what do you think an artist is a useless figure?" are works that the artist created in 2019 using recycled paper which, spun and woven, forms a fabric. Also "I fiori sono già nelle radici- L'arte di vivere come fiori" was created in 2019 but through the use of a Japanese decorative technique of painting on water, the Suminagashi. The three works are part of a larger collection that the artist calls a "poetic wardrobe": a set of jewels, dresses and lingerie made with what is rejected and completely feminine.


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        • Giovanna Bittante

        • Giovanna Bittante  

          Don't Wash Collection

          Giovanna Bittante is a Venetian artist who, starting from 1993 following studies stylistic techniques and goldsmith production and manufacturing techniques. She began a copious production of jewels with which she participated in various exhibitions and fashion shows (such as the NY fashion show for the Superoro company in 1993), received several awards (such as GIOIELLIDENTRO in Venice in 2014) and gave birth to his company Giovanna Bittante Official (2018).


          The artworks are mainly made with paper of various types and processed with texture special, thanks to the use of pigments or other materials, natural or geometric shapes, characterized by large volumes and super light weights. The inspiration comes from nature that turns into the main Muse tha could be the colors of a sunset, the surface of a tree, or the effects of minerals. The collection concerns three groups: The main dedicated to ART, which contains the most important jewels, the ALLEGRIA line, and the LUCE line, created in 2020, to "illuminate" our life. These are jewels to which photoluminescent glass has been inserted and allows to illuminate in the darkness and create a surprise effect.


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        • Marcella A.Stilo

          Marcella A. Stilo 


          Marcella Stilo was born in Calabria in 1983. She then moved to Rome where she studied Communication and where she works as a press officer and cultural events organizer. In response to the economic crisis of 2007-2013, she created, in the city of Milan, "Cartalana Gioielli di Carta", a project between craftsmanship, fashion and communication geared towards sustainability. Alone, she learned various techniques for processing paper, a recycled and fragile material, which however allows her to express and realize the richness of ideas.


          The "Stone" or Cartalana collection is inspired by the South Italy landscape, the land of origin of the founder Marcella Stilo. These jewels created in spun paper like wool play on verticality. The components that recall the stone, representing a point of origin from which to start over to overcome the fears of existence, seem almost suspended around or within brass structures. This composition makes them "amulet-jewels" that stand out and enhance the eco-sustainable craftsmanship project behind them.


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        • Michela Alesi

          Michela Alesi 

          Hero - New Gold Dream - Nouvelle arcadia - Kawagata Girl - Reina Roja - Almost me

          Michela Alesi made the collage technique her own in the 1990s, progressively improving it with a personal procedure. Her work has been influenced by theatrical transvestism, the illustrations by Ertè, the glossy photos by Serge Lutens as well as by the iconography of a certain 'fashion system', often standardizing. She succeeds by making it (literally) in pieces: by cutting it, chopping it up. Dismember it. Each work thus comes to life by engulfing, absorbing and transforming the glossy images of fashion magazines through surprising metamorphoses that give them new identities.


          "The creatures of my collages find a new dimension thanks to the decomposition and transformation of all those elements that, usually trapping them in the glossy pages of fashion, homologates them, making them serial individuals, without identity anymore. And this is how once in my collages they undergo a real mutation in the new dimension I created for them. To protect them, to free them. Forever. Through a new identity, I transform their cages into invincible armor. Salvific. "


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        • Renata Mayumi Fukuda

          Renata Mayumi Fukuda  

          Sense of self - Passing Clouds Collection

          Born in São Paulo, Japanese descendant Renata Mayumi Fukuda graduated in Public Relations and worked in cinema and television for 10 years. In Lisbon, she found in jewelery the perfect path to combine her passion for manual work with the subtlety of oriental aesthetics present in all her pieces. Paper revealed itself as the main material and the artist explores in a unique direction its lightness and volume through different techniques. In this way she manages to break with the tradition of the predominant use of metal in jewelery and faces paper as a truly precious material.


          Creating the Passing Clouds Collection with paper pulp allowed the artist to understand and to respect the complexity of her material. Also it helps in taking a step back and studying the time required by the drying process, working with the natural transformation of the surface, generating this unique and organic skin, makes these jewels much more original and precious than traditional metal ones.


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        • Susy Manzo

          Susy Manzo

          "Capodimonte - Omaggio a Napoli"

          Susy Manzo is a Milanese artist of Neapolitan origins who is working on the fragility and lightness of paper. Susy Marzo is inspired by everyday life in the production of his works, trying to create artistic projects that reflect popular customs and traditions and highlight social aspects such as discomfort, diversity and discrimination. "Giochi di Ruolo" (2012) and "Storie Sospese" (2016) were her most important collections.


          The work is a tribute to Naples, the artist's birthplace. This work can be worn and it is composed with paper and tissue paper and made with the technique of kraft paper and paper cutting. The artist's intent is to create a female figure placed in timeless and space-less places, to tell imaginary and unreal realities. The delicacy of these figures is contrasted by detailed, often strong and explicit details.

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        Indoor banner 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!


        • Brigitte Amarger


          Brigitte Armarger

          HOMO EXODUS

          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

            OUTBREAK and HARLEKINE

            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.


            Foto.Ingird    OPERA.HARLEKIN   opera.ingrid.1

          • 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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          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!

          The Outdoor section can be visited in the historic center of Lucca from 1 August to 26 September.

          • 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.


            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


          • 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. 


            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


          • 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.


            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 

          • Emma Hardy


            Emma Hardy

            Risky Rewards 

            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 Colorado town, 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.


            Risky Rewards looks to emphasize the emotions of fear and desire through an interaction between a young woman and a mother dog. The need for the dog to provide for her puppies and the woman's desire to help conflicts with the primordial fear of personal injury creating a tension that poses the question : "What are we willing to risk?".





          • Matteo Raciti e Officina Chiodo Fisso


            Matteo Raciti e Officina Chiodo Fisso


            Matteo Raciti is an artist of Sicilian origins who, after earning a Master's Degree in Architecture at the University of Catania in 2015, began his career as a sculptor. Sculpture for him is a way to tell stories, to give voice and eternity to his land and to everything that characterizes his gaze towards the world. Since 2017 he has been making itinerant papier-mâché sculptures for the Viareggio Carnival and is part of the artistic collective "INTRECCIArte" of Pietrasanta. Current events, social satire and fantasy certainly distinguish his work.


            Emanuele Radicchi is an iron, wood and papier-mâché craftsman of Apulian origins who, after attending the School of Carpentry and Restoration (ATANOR) in Bologna, created in 2017 the "space of his ideas", or the OfficinaChiodoFisso ( BA). In 2019 Alessio Verdolino joins him as a partner. After graduating in Architectural Sciences at the Roma Tre University, he obtained a Master's in Advanced Architecture at the Univeristat Politecnica de Catalunya.


            Fear and desire for Matteo Raciti, Emanuele Radicchi and Alessio Verdolino is Hybris. The ambitious arrogance, typical of the archaic Greek world, which leads man to go beyond his own limits, to challenge fate and the gods, to overcome the most hidden fears, to rebel against the established order, in order not to betray its nature. Eyes of the supreme are watching every movement carefully and when man, blinded by greed, oversteps the limit and fails, he incurs what is called "envy of the gods" (fthònos theòn). At the same time those who do not exploit their abilities approach the world of beasts. This guilt brings society back to limbo, engulfs the intuition, resizes every momentum, destroying the personal drive. The desperate and provocative flight of Icarus is the moving image of the individual need to reach a dream, a desire as unattainable as the sun, the extreme mirage that pushes each of us to go beyond judgment to honor our own existence.


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          • 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.


            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.


            Papier Atelier


          • 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.


            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


          • 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.


            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.




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          The edition is over, but there is still the chance to see some of the monumental cardboard sculptures present at the Outdoor exhibitions!

          Here is a map of the sculptures you can still visit: "Mother" by Laurence Vallières; "Hoodie" by Michael Stutz;"Pyramid of Peace" by Heike Schaefer; "Via dal recinto" by No Dump; "U.E.C. 9000" by Labadanzky; "Silent Shell, Chaotic Shell" by Eu Tazè; "Paperman" by James Lake; "Liminal Space" by Manuela Granziol.




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          Contemporary Art Biennale – VII EDITION
          28th June / 2nd August 2014

          The theme chosen for this edition is: Liquid Identities. A combination of two words that are the mirror of contemporary society and the individuals belonging to it. We are bombed every day by informations influencing our way of thinking and living. On a global scale this is also involving the political and economic scale. We live in a century in which our identity is undermined by a constant sense of personal dissatisfaction and lack of understanding of the reality surrounding us. We feel small in a big world and in perpetual race to gain development and success.




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