IDENTITÀ LIQUIDE Liquid Identities
Tella | Nomidou | Li Hongjun | Buess | Feroci | Sweeney | Bazz | Gentile
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
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Nicola Tella Vally Nomidou Li Hongjun Valerie Buess Sabina Feroci Richard Sweeney Paola Bazz Gianfranco Gentile
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 C a r t a s i a i s a m i r r o r o f m o d e r n s o c i e t y. E a c h t h e m e i s a s p a r k t o t h i n k a b o u t t h e c u r r e n t 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 P a p e r p r o d u c t i o n i s - f o r Tu s c a n y - h i s t o r y , c u l t u r e a n d e c o n o m y . A “ t r a d i t i o n ” t h a t 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. 9
In 2014, within the Seventh Biennial of International Contemporary Art Cartasia, it was shown the indoor exhibition “Liquid Identities”.
Show “Liquid Identities”
At the same time when we try to
analyze a phenomenon, be it social,
political, artistic, anthropological, and
Polish philosopher Zygmunt Bauman,
more generally human, its substance
used to analyze a key concept of
has already changed, and it becomes
the contemporary: the impossibility
undefinable. This inability creates
to define concepts, people, places
a L i q u i d i d e n t i t e s s o c i e t y, i n w h i c h
and characteristics, due to their
concepts and ideas melts together and
continuous transformation, of their
continuously transform, giving a birth
being iridescent, ever changing, due
to a constant metamorphosis era.
developing this concept, we
interpretations, also thanks to the media
gave voice to some avant-
u s e d : p a p e r. A m o t i o n o f b e w i l d e r m e n t
garde paper art artists, trying
and surprise captures the viewer in front
to highlight the liquidity and difficulties
of these impossible objects, made with an
that brings with it each form of definition,
ancient at the same time extraordinarily
j u d g m e n t , o b j e c t i v i t y. T h e w o r k s s h o w n
are offered to mixed feelings and multiple
to the massive acceleration that global development has given to every aspect of contemporary life.
THE EXHIBITION INDOOR EXHIBITS 10 ARTISTS, AND CONSISTS OF A TOTAL OF 60 WORKS AND 32 PHOTOGRAPHS.
Nicola Tella The sculptures assume a new look at every glance: explosions, mushrooms, beehives or curious mazes. The paper looks like it’s carved.
Vally Nomidou These females figures are in balance between the fragility of paper and the strenght of the shell: between pain and serenity.
Li Hongjun The human face, twisted and subject to modernity, opens to instability. Perhaps to change or perhaps to discomfort and misunderstanding.
Valerie Buess The paper is folded, cut and colored at times, to give life to wonderful sculptures which looked similar to marine underwater creatures.
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.
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.
Paola Bazz In the infromation overload era, ranging from our point of observation, new images are formed, and everything becomes relative.
Gianfranco Gentile Within our urban centers, big empty concrete are lying. Cardboard packaging, industrial material itself, becomes their cradle.
Metropolis is a cultural organisation working worldwide aimed at promoting culture through the production of events related to music, visual and performing arts.
“The King Dies” by Eugène Ionesco (2002), “Circo Faber” (musical, 2003), “Paper
Stories” (documentar y, 2004), “Zones” ounded in 2001 by a team of artists,
(movie, 2005), “The Strange Case of Mr. D”,
Metropolis, through cooperation with
written and directed by Emiliano Galigani,
local authorities, created a cultural and
(2006), “The Seventh Announcement”
artistic setting. Its first production was the
(movie, 2010). In 2004 the first edition
musical “Welcome To The Machine”, in the
of Cartasia-International Paper Festival,
summer of its birth.
was realized. In 2007 Cartasia became a
After this, further productions have followed:
Biennial consolidating its prestige all over the world.