Outdoor 2021

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Outdoor 
 

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.

 

  • Claudio Acuña

     

    Claudio Acuña

    First of all, movement

    Claudio Acuña Jiménez is a Master in Design, 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, in parallel he has developed his own techniques that have led him to capture a particular stamp in his work, highlighting paper and its possibilities. 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

     

  • TOMA!

     

    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.

     

    TOMA

     

  • Papier Atelier

     

    Papier Atelier 

    In-between  

    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 bloqvist

     

  • 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

     

  • 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

     

 

 

 

 

 

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Guest Country 2021

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The Biennale has showed from the last edition, the will to confront with other cultures that mastered a thousand-year-old tradition of paper usage, this is the reason why in 2018 China was invited as a guest country, and always following this new line of cultural interaction the 2021 edition will host Japan.

 

Japan is second only to China as far as the tradition of paper used in and for the most varied ways is concerned.

 

 

Tradition and Innovation

 

The Washiso called Japanese paper, has achieved the rights to be part of the oral and intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of Unesco from 2014.
This paper is commonly used for traditional arts such as Ikebana, the art of floral composition, or Origami, the art of folding paper, or Shodō, the famous Japanese art of calligraphy, even to Sumi- a monochromatic pictorial style that can just be performed on this type of Japanese paper.

 

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The paper is part of the Japanese tradition not only in the artistic but also in the architectural field, in this context it is mandatory to make an honorable mention for the architect Shigeru Ban, who has made cardboard and paper his stylistic code, becoming today the more famous and important architect who uses these materials both for humanitarian purposes (he dedicates himself to situations of hardship and urgent need to build structures and housing quickly) and to museums or large complexes such as the one built in L'Aquila after the earthquake.


 

To give a voice to this tradition are waited Japanese figureheads of institutional and artistic importance. Biennale’s commitment is also the one to realise, thanks to a collaboration with an Italian and a Japanese university, a pavilion dedicated to Japanese art, naturally constructed with the materials that are protagonists of the event, so as to create a particular and unique focus on the Japanese artworks and artists.

 

 

 

 

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Visit the sculptures

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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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2014 Edition

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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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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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The Festival

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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. 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 edition is over, but there is still the chance to see some of the monumental cardboard sculptures present at the Outdoor exhibitions! Discover the exhibition: 8 monumental carboard sculptures are hidden under the walls of Lucca. Click here to discover the map and visit them all!

outdoor

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.

 

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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.

 

architecture

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

 

performance

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

 

network

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.

 

edu.lab

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.

 

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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.

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