Tella | Nomidou | Li Hongjun | Buess | Feroci | Sweeney | Bazz | Gentile
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BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART
VII a EDIZIONEEDITIONS
08 Nicola Tella
12 Vally Nomidou
17 Li Hongjun
18 Valerie Buess
21 Sabina Feroci
24 Richard Sweeney
25 Paola Bazz
28 Gianfranco Gentile
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Cartasia is a Contemporary Art Biennial and Paper art festival that’s
held in Lucca, Tuscany Italy, since 2004. Cartasia is a cultural event that
bounds the paper industry to art.
Cartasia is a mirror of modern society. Each theme is a spark to think about the current
situation and the changes that every age and culture brings. Cartasia not only wants
to be a place where art can be and absorbed, but also wishes to be a place to meet,
compare, stimulate ideas.
The Biennial considers as mandatory its sustainability and environmental development
issues, promoting and encouraging partnerships with companies that make this
sustainable philosophy their mission.
Paper production is - for Tuscany - history, culture and economy. A “tradition” that
began centuries ago, in 1400 AD and that made the Province of Lucca the most
important Paper district in Europe: with 130 enterprises producing and processing
paper and cardboard, realizing the 70 percent of national tissue production and 40
percent of national corrugated cardboard.
In 2014, within the Seventh Biennial of International Contemporary Art
Cartasia, it was shown the indoor exhibition “Liquid Identities”.
Show “Liquid Identities”
is inspired by the
theories of the
Polish philosopher Zygmunt Bauman,
used to analyze a key concept of
the contemporary: the impossibility
to define concepts, people, places
and characteristics, due to their
continuous transformation, of their
being iridescent, ever changing, due
to the massive acceleration that global
development has given to every aspect
of contemporary life.
At the same time when we try to
analyze a phenomenon, be it social,
political, artistic, anthropological, and
more generally human, its substance
has already changed, and it becomes
undefinable. This inability creates
a Liquid identites society, in which
concepts and ideas melts together and
continuously transform, giving a birth
to a constant metamorphosis era.
developing this concept, we
gave voice to some avantgarde
paper art artists, trying
to highlight the liquidity and difficulties
that brings with it each form of definition,
judgment, objectivity. The works shown
are offered to mixed feelings and multiple
interpretations, also thanks to the media
used: paper. A motion of bewilderment
and surprise captures the viewer in front
of these impossible objects, made with an
ancient at the same time extraordinarily
THE EXHIBITION INDOOR EXHIBITS
10 ARTISTS, AND CONSISTS OF A TOTAL OF
60 WORKS AND 32 PHOTOGRAPHS.
The sculptures assume a new look at every glance: explosions, mushrooms, beehives or curious mazes. The paper looks like it’s carved.
Nicola Tella 9
Nicola Tella 10
Nicola Tella 11
These females figures are in balance between the fragility of paper and the strenght of the shell: between pain and serenity.
Vally Nomidou 13
Vally Nomidou 14
Vally Nomidou 15
Vally Nomidou 16
The human face, twisted and subject to modernity, opens to instability. Perhaps to change or perhaps to discomfort and misunderstanding.
The paper is folded, cut and colored at times, to give life to wonderful sculptures which looked similar to marine underwater creatures.
Valerie Buess 19
Valerie Buess 20
A core of iron supports the works, whose muscles is given by newspaper; a pulp surrounds the softness of the skin, smoothed by the action of the artist.
Sabina Feroci 22
Sabina Feroci 23
Sweeney pushes the paper in an almost-architectural size, demonstrating that even limited to a two-dimensional plane, it can take several shapes and functions.
In the infromation overload era, ranging from our point of observation, new images are formed, and everything becomes relative.
Paola Bazz 27
Within our urban centers, big empty concrete are lying. Cardboard packaging, industrial material itself, becomes their cradle.
Gianfranco Gentile 29
Gianfranco Gentile 30
Metropolis is a cultural organisation working worldwide aimed at
promoting culture through the production of events related to music,
visual and performing arts.
Founded in 2001 by a team of artists,
Metropolis, through cooperation with
local authorities, created a cultural and
artistic setting. Its first production was the
musical “Welcome To The Machine”, in the
summer of its birth.
After this, further productions have followed:
“The King Dies” by Eugène Ionesco (2002),
“Circo Faber” (musical, 2003), “Paper
Stories” (documentary, 2004), “Zones”
(movie, 2005), “The Strange Case of Mr. D”,
written and directed by Emiliano Galigani,
(2006), “The Seventh Announcement”
(movie, 2010). In 2004 the first edition
of Cartasia-International Paper Festival,
was realized. In 2007 Cartasia became a
Biennial consolidating its prestige all over