2018 Edition

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2018 edition


The 9th edition of Lucca Biennale took place between the 4th August and 27th September. The theme of this edition was "Chaos and Silence": chaos intended as an atmosphere of eccessive stimuli and surplus of information, but which is also creativity; and silence intended as peace and clarity in response to the chaos, but which is also isolation and disconnection.

It was the biggest edition since the beginning of the Biennale, when it comes to the numerous presence of artists and visitors, and also for the wide range of events, works and projects presented. The 2018 edition saw the presence of 59 works of art thanks to 47 artists presents in the Indoor exhibitions (Palazzo Ducale and Mercato del Carmine), 7 monumental sculptures in the same number of squares for the Outdoor exhibition, and over 5 thousand visitors.

The Design & Architecture section featured the creation of a cardboard tent project, designed by Nicholas Bertoux, and for the architecture section a visitable cardboard structure was built, designed and built by the architecture department of Tongji University.

For the first time in the course of the Biennale, a special space was dedicated to performances: Martina Zena presented "Play Human", and Gianfranco Gentile performed "No People Boat", both using the medium of paper.

To further expand the programme of the Biennale, Network Days were also held: an occasion for conferences and networking, held over the course of two days, to encourage artists and professionists to meet and exchange knowledge. For children, Lucca Biennale created a diverse program of creative workshops: the Educational Labs, designed to accompany children in the discovery of paper art, inspired by the works exhibited.

During the 9th edition, Lucca Biennale hosted a guest country for the first time, creating an atmosphere of international cooperation and hosting a platform for China: the birth place of paper, chosen as the first country to inaugurate this section, dedicated to focusing on a country and its Paper Art, assisting in the creation of a specific project.

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Lucca Biennale is among the most important events dedicated to paper applied to art, design, architecture and creativity, as paper is also an ancient material locally produced in the area of Lucca. Here paper is the expressive medium that combines the paper heritage with the innvation of the artistic Avant-Garde.

It's one of a kind: every edition a theme tied to current events is chosen which the exhibition adheres to, to underline the connection between art and society. It gives the spectator food for thought, guided by the most innovative techniques of paper art. Lucca Biennale presents art exhibitions, projects, events, conferences and workshops.

Thanks to an international call for artists, the most innovative and prominent figures of the Paper Art world take part in the Biennale, exhibiting their works during the Indoor exhibition (inside a historical building) and Outdoor exhibition (in the open air), or in the other sections: Design & Architecture, and Performances.

Other than the artistic exhibitions, Lucca Biennale is also a place to meet and grow, through the Network Days (talks and events dedicated to networking, to encourage artists and professionals to engage and exchange knowledge) and Educational Labs (creative workshops designed to accompany children in the discovery of paper art, inspired by the works exhibited). For every edition, Lucca Biennale hosts a guest country, giving it a space and platform to showcase its traditional and innovative use of paper in the world of art.

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The tenth edition is upon us, but there is still the chance to relive some of the monumental works in cardboard made in the previeous edition that characterized the exhibition. Discover in the gallery below the sections and the events that within the Walls of Lucca has given life to the theme chaos and silence! 


Monumental sculptures in cardboard, created during an artist residency following an international call for artists. The Outdoor artists are hosted in the city of Lucca for a month, with complete supply of material, equipment and assistance. The monumental works are then installed in key locations of the historical town centre.



The most contemporary artworks of the current Paper Art scene are showcased in one or more exhibitions of the historical town centre of Lucca. The works are chosen for their innovative technique and compliancy with the theme of the edition, selected through an international call for artists.



The potential of paper is explored through architecture and design projects, selected through an international call for artists.



Lucca Biennale becomes a stage for contemporary performances that use paper. The chosen projects are selected through an international call for artists.



An occasion for conferences and networking events, that unfold in the course of various days. The Network Days encourage artists and professionals to engage and exchange knowledge.



Lucca Biennale has created a diverse program of creative workshops: the Educational Labs, designed to accompany children in the discovery of paper art, inspired by the works exhibited.



For every edition, Lucca Biennale invites a guest country, creating an atmosphere of international cooperation and cultural value. The guest country receives a dedicated space and the chance to create its own specific project.


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).








Call for Artists - Results

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The Outdoor Call foresees artist residencies, during which the artists will create large sculptures with the support of the Biennale. Below are the names and project titles of the winners for the Outdoor Call for Cartasia 2018.



Ankon Mitra The sights and sounds of the cosmos
Dosshaus Path of paradox
Eugenie Taze-Bernard Silent shell, chaotic shell
Jakub Kubo Novak Life space
Manuela Granziol Liminal stage
Ute Deutz & Vladimir Kovarik            Bosocculus
Wu Wai Chung No more message



  indoor  design selezionati

The following are the selected artists and designers who took part in the Indoor and Design Call for Artists. The staff will be in touch with the selected artists to establish works and logistics.


Adriano Attus
Anne Vilsboell
Giada Ambiveri
Gianfranco Gentile
Hyacinta Hovestadt
Katarzyna Łyszkowska
Marco Zecchinato
Marie Schirrmacher-Meitz
Michele Landel
Olga Danelone
Paola Bazz
Paola Margherita
Han Ho





Topic 2018


July - September 2018 | Lucca. Italy


TOPIC: Chaos & Silence

Today, an excess of stimuli, news, positive or negative notions, induce human beings into a state of numbness due to an information overload. This numbness makes us perceive all inputs equal to others: the enormous quantity of stress we are subjected to makes distinguishing the specific qualities of each stimulus difficult. The world around us becomes confusing and indecipherable. In this context the search for silence, clarity and peace, appears to be an essential need for contemporary society in response to this developing chaos. At the same time there is, in this chaotic and dense nebula, a continuous movement and contact with different particles: and this is where the origins of great creative possibilities are concealed and the sign of a body which is extremely alive, responsive, diverse and interlinked, as is today's society. In opposition to this, silence becomes synonymous with isolation, disconnection, and refusal of confrontation.

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We are so often deafened by waves of noise from our television, the web, news, and information platforms. This wave expands, comes out from the screen and enters into conversations, at dinner, at lunch, at the most unexpected hour. It becomes extraordinarily common to talk for hours on end about a murder, an attack and also a football match or an Oscar award, uttering, repeating, amplifying concepts, ideas, and images. We can live like this, with a systematic transformation of the brain into a sponge that absorbs anything and yields nothing. However, a nothingness that has volume, mass and takes up space. And so, submerged as we are, swimming in words, clichés, social dogmas, vessels of nothingness, we float towards a drift, overwhelmed by too much of everything. The volume is so high, the mass of information so great that the noise flattens everything and so distinguishing the boundaries and the importance of things seems - even if we wanted to make this effort - superhuman. We should look for the sources, and inform ourselves. But even this would not guarantee certainty. Even the sources may be misleading, false, inadequate.

So the only solution appears to be abstinence. Fed up, tired, discouraged by too much, our oars are thrown into the boat, looking for peace, silence. Sooner or later things will get better, the too much of everything will diminish and a defined horizon will reappear, a prospect - something - to dictate the route. Yet, if we look back, the sea has been murky for quite some time, and if we want to look beyond, all there is, is other information, other storms, an increasingly chaotic future. And yet. And yet progress is always there, pulsating, omnipresent. Chaos creates life, with no rules, anarchic, difficult to classify, categorize, but you can't say that it isn't life. We believe that the artist's task is not to die mentally, trying to photograph our era; In the Too Much of Everything don't pull your oars into the boat giving in to indifference, instead take a risk, be the speck that goes against the wind in the desert, make this effort. Shout. Believe in revolutions, make them happen everywhere, raise your head.

General Manager | Cartasia, Biennale della Carta

Emiliano Galigani



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