Catalogo Cartasia 2014

Metropolis.Lucca

IDENTITÀ LIQUIDE

Liquid Identities

Tella | Nomidou | Li Hongjun | Buess | Feroci | Sweeney | Bazz | Gentile

EXHIBITIONS


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ANNIYEARS

Team and Organization

Curator

Event coordinator

Art promoter

Press and Public Relations

Emiliano Galigani / Giacomo Pecchia

Federica Moretti

Fabiana Mirella

Martina Angeli

BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART

VII a EDIZIONEEDITIONS



contents

05 PRESENTATION

07 EXHIBITIONS

08 Nicola Tella

12 Vally Nomidou

17 Li Hongjun

18 Valerie Buess

21 Sabina Feroci

24 Richard Sweeney

25 Paola Bazz

28 Gianfranco Gentile

31 METROPOLIS

Project 7 design:

© Metropolis

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INTRODUCTION

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.

ETHICS

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.

SUSTAINABILITY

The Biennial considers as mandatory its sustainability and environmental development

issues, promoting and encouraging partnerships with companies that make this

sustainable philosophy their mission.

TRADITION

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.

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EXHIBITIONS

In 2014, within the Seventh Biennial of International Contemporary Art

Cartasia, it was shown the indoor exhibition “Liquid Identities”.

Liquid Identities

The

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.

By

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

innovative material.

THE EXHIBITION INDOOR EXHIBITS

10 ARTISTS, AND CONSISTS OF A TOTAL OF

60 WORKS AND 32 PHOTOGRAPHS.

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Nicola Tella

The sculptures assume a new look at every glance: explosions, mushrooms, beehives or curious mazes. The paper looks like it’s carved.

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Vally Nomidou

These females figures are in balance between the fragility of paper and the strenght of the shell: between pain and serenity.

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Li Hongjun

The human face, twisted and subject to modernity, opens to instability. Perhaps to change or perhaps to discomfort and misunderstanding.

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Valerie Buess

The paper is folded, cut and colored at times, to give life to wonderful sculptures which looked similar to marine underwater creatures.

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Sabina Feroci

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.

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Richard Sweeney

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.

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Paola Bazz

In the infromation overload era, ranging from our point of observation, new images are formed, and everything becomes relative.

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Gianfranco Gentile

Within our urban centers, big empty concrete are lying. Cardboard packaging, industrial material itself, becomes their cradle.

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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

the world.

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