17 Pistoia Andrea Lunardi

For Andrea Lunardi the evanescence of an image, achieved through the use of a variety of different techniques and forms of expression, evokes a dimension bordering on the invisible, generating a correlation with the act of perception that consists of sensations and of imagination. 

The leitmotif underpinning the artist's entire output is a reflection on the changing and evanescent identity of things. The lack of clarity in his images expresses the state of ongoing transformation which every kind of identity, be it that of a person, of a given place or of a broader environment, undergoes over time. This exploration, which began with a series of paintings and drawings depicting youthful self-portraits characterised by their outsize dimensions, turned in his subsequent works to the potential combinations offered by photography, from the assembly of images discovered here and there, to the overlapping of different shots which, in his So the Platonic Year series, generate dreamlike scenes peopled with figures as evanescent as wraiths.

While in his photographic work Lunardi uses light to build up the ambiguity of his images, dematerialising bodies to highlight shadows in their place, in his recent work he was gone back to using ink drawing and other methods for transferring images onto paper with solvents that provide a vision which, while partial, is yet imbued with mystery and with the gravitas of time. 

The past resurfaces in one of his most recent works devoted to the San Giorgio vehicle factory, which was founded at the beginning of the 20th century and had factories in Pistoia and in Genoa. Lunardi uses archive material and period photographs to develop a tale in pictures that revives the historical memory of a company which played a crucial role in the two cities' social and economic fabric, translating that memory into fragile marks, into barely perceptible traces on the surfaces of hand-crumpled paper.

Andrea Lunardi was born in 1981 in Pistoia, where he lives and works. He obtained a graduate diploma in painting from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. He founded Studio8 in conjunction with artists Cristiano Coppi and Zoè Gruni in Pistoia in 2006. This was soon to become a lively centre for artistic encounters and events as well as acting as a shared workspace for several years. 

He has taken part in a variety of workshops with international artists, including Hidetoshi Nagasawa (on the Manufattu in situ project in 2007) and John Duncan, in the context of the 2009 edition of Networking – Back to the Present, curated by Elisa Del Prete. His work was shown alongside that of Zoè Gruni at the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence in 2008 for the "Students of Excellence Award", with Carlo Sisi and Pierluigi Tazzi sitting on the jury. Exhibitions in which he has taken part include: La fotografia come arte: l’arte come fotografia, curated by Fiammetta Strigoli, Fondazione Il giardino di Daniel Spoerri, Seggiano (Grosseto), 2006; Biennale del libro d’artista, Musée Wignacourt, Rabat – Malta, 2007; Gecekondu, curated by Giacomo Bazzani, Cango Cantieri Goldonetta, Florence, 2008; and Ho fatto un sogno ma non ricordo granché, a personal exhibition curated by Niccolò Bonechi, Galleria Open Lab, Genoa, 2010.

In 2006 he produced a permanent installation for PAC 180, the Parco d'Arte Contemporanea or contemporary art park established in the historical garden of the Centro Franco Basaglia in Livorno.



Address: Via degli Orti 10

How to get there: Fifteen minutes on foot from Pistoia train station