Indoor 2018



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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