This year, Lucca Biennale will also host two guest artists, recognized to be among the most interesting in the international art scene.
The British sculptor James Lake uses cardboard to build his pieces. Using the full expressive potential of this marerial, Lake cuts, manipulates and pieces toghether layers of packaging cardboard, creating sculptures of rare intensity. James Lake is to be admired for his artistic technique, his dedication to the material and his perserverance that has allowed him to overcome the limitations of his disability.
The other guest will be the Japanese artist Nahoko Kojima, one of the main representatives of paper art, who will create a commissioned piece for the Biennale. Kojima's threedimensional works are extraordinary examples of Paper Cutting, a technique that originates anciently in Japan, and that the young artist has taken to a maximum expression, exhibiting in the London Saatchi Gallery.
About 400 artists have taken part in 3 calls for artists, designers and architects created by Metropolis to select the works for Lucca Biennale 2018. The submissions arrived from literally all over the world. With over 2.000 square meters of exhibition space, the Art Indoor section of the Biennale presents the current state of Paper Art today. Starting this year, the exhibition is also open to other artistic expressions such as video art and film.
The monumental sculptures that make Lucca Biennale unique compared to other paper art events will be placed all over the city, and will once again transform it into an open air art gallery. The artists will be hosted in Lucca for about a month to create their works, as happened in 2016.
The design section was created in 2016 and welcomed visitors and professionals with enthusiasm. This section represents innovation, and in 2018 it has invited designers and architectures to deal with the topic of emergencies.