About this project
Venice belongs to our living present as well as to our past
LACUNA/AE is a platform that collects photographic projects aiming to analyze the contemporary landscape of the Venice lagoon.
Our first project consists of a photographic campaign which will look at the areas of modern urbanization, located just outside Venice’s historic centre, inside the Venetian lagoon.
Some of these areas have been built ex novo on former swamplands; others were built on old, long decayed, enormous industrial complexes. We looked for documents and pictures in archives, we interviewed people who had worked in those past industrial areas and we organized photographic campaigns to visually document the history of those places and the people who currently inhabit them.
The first photographic campaign has come recently to an end.
Twenty skilled contemporary landscape photographers have joined the project and analyzed nine unknown areas of Venice.
We can't wait to show their fabulous work.
To share the Lacuna/e project outcomes with Venetian people and venetian lovers, we are currently finalizing an online platform work in progress at: www.lacunaeproject.com
We would like to organize a photographic exhibition in Venice and a photo book, including also the materials collected from archives.
What does LACUNA/AE talk about?
Many interesting stories lay behind those peripheral areas, although little has been written about them.
It is difficult to imagine the aspect that the Venice city area had during its industrial past, since only a few traces of it remained.
For this reason, we have started researching and writing this missing part of our city’s history.
Few people know that Venice, between the 19th and the 20th century, was a powerful industrial pole. In fact, located on the islands surrounding the city, were mills for pasta or bread as well as industries dedicated to pearls and event watches, which employed over a thousand people.
It was exciting to find old, rare images and interview people who had worked in those past industrial areas. With the establishment of Porto Marghera and the Petrochemical plants (1917), Venice’s industrial activities were gradually moved to the mainland.
The islands closed definitely their activities in the '50s, albeit the remains of their industrial building remained visible for almost thirty years.
Later on, towards the '80s, new urban renewal programs started to reconvert industrial archeological sites into residential areas.
These areas have been redesigned by some of the most renowned architects in the world, such as Alvaro Siza, Aldo Rossi, Giancarlo De Carlo and Carlo Scarpa.
In the framework of the Lacuna/ae project we analyze those renewal projects and studied how the new residential urban spaces have been integrated into the old city life.
Our interest focused on present time, as well.
Today, how do people live their everyday lives in those great examples of reconverted modern architecture? What relationship have the inhabitants established with these areas? Are those peripheral areas really integrated in Venice’s urban structure?
How Did It All Begin?
The project was born a year ago as an idea of Eleonora Milner, curator and photographer. "To me, photography is one of the best mediums to analyze a landscape, to discover its cultural and physical expressions" says Eleonora "I believe that Venice needed this project. The project shows a different and more authentic city, the contemporary one. We want to talk about today's Venice."
Thanks to the support of collaborators and friends, and a lot of hard work, the project has grown day after day.
We are a wide team of young photographers, historians, editors, sociologists and graphic designers.
We believe that Venice is not only a post-card city locked in its historical past. The city has still so many areas that need to be rediscovered.
We love our city and the LACUNA/AE Project is a way to show people a different kind of city, which you will discover with us in our book.
Curator: Eleonora Milner
Eleonora was born and lives in Venice, Italy. She has been awarded with a BA in DAMS Visual Arts in Bologna, Italy, and a MA in ISIA, Cultural Heritage Photography in Urbino, Italy. She is a writer and a photographer primarily interested in participatory art and in photography projects focusing on contemporary urban landscapes.
Assistant curator: Elena Caslini
Elena graduated in Art History from the Università degli Studi di Padova. Throughout her academic career, she has studied abroad as an exchange student at Boston University (USA) and the University of St Andrews (Scotland, UK). She currently lives in Milan, where she is working as Junior PR and Press Officer at 24 ORE Cultura. She also writes art exhibition reviews for the online art magazine ArtsLife.com.
Project manager: Margherita Murgia
Margherita graduated in Sociology from University of Padova and in Viola from Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice. She is specialized in ethnographic studies of urban sociology. She partecipates as a event manager at Valorizzazioni Culturali.
Graphic designer: Tommaso Lodi
Tommaso graduated in Industrial and Graphic Design from IUAV, Venice, and in Communication, Design and Publishing from ISIA, Urbino. He is co-founder of Isolarion, a project dedicated to the redevelopment and sustainability of the Venice lagoon area. He currently works as a graphic designer at the Publishing House and communication for art Lightbox, in Venice.
Graphic designer: Ester Greco
Ester is a graphic designer from Lampedusa, Sicily, currently living in Treviso. She graduated in Industrial Design at IUAV San Marino, and in Communication and Design for Publishing at ISIA Urbino. She is interested in typography, lettering, and editorial design. She currently works as a graphic designer at the HEADS Collective.
Supervisor: Vittorio Netti
Vittorio is a young architect from Bari, currently living in Venice. During his venetian experience he started to use photography as a way to understand the city beyond its architecture. His research is focused in partecipative planning and active citizenship. He currently works in his own startup.
Supported by Associazione Culturale Lavanderia Young
Lavanderia Young was officially born in September 9, 2013 as an artist collective, after a winter activities with Lavanderia Nordest, a creative spring and an intense summer.
It focuses on the encounter between Art, Identity, Innovation and Culture.
LY runs an online magazine, curates artistic projects in Venice and supports local culture. Follow LY on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
Photographers: Andrea Avezzù | Lara Bacchiega | Sergio Camplone | Claudia Corrent | Caterina De Zottis | Marco Del Zotto | Marco Fava | Francesca Gardini | Allegra Martin | Riccardo Muzzi | Luana Rigolli | Francesca Occhi | Mattia Parodi | Sara Polo | Giacomo Pulcinelli | Sara Sagui | Gian Giacomo Stiffoni | Giacomo Streliotto | Federico Vespignani | Claudia Zalla
How you can help us
We would need your support to finance the LACUNA/AE photo book publication (estimated to be around 5,000 euro) and the expenses related to the photographic exhibition, including photo printing and communication costs (around 2,000 euro).
The book will be a special guide aiming to map and explore all the Venetian industrial areas which have been turned into modern residential ones.
It will include the project photobook and all the material collected during the research.
If you are unaware of this face of Venice, our book could represent a useful and curious map to guide you through this missing part of Venice’s history.
We are excited to present you our work, product of one year of research and dedication.
Limited Edition: 300 copies
Size: 18 x 23.5 cm
Number of Pages: 208 pages
Language: Italian and English.
The English translation will be curated by an english-mother tongue.
The exhibition is planned to take place in June 2016, in Venice.
It has been quite hard to find the perfect location for our exhibition, as it is planned to occur in the meantime of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Nonetheless, we have finally found a very good one.
Due to bureaucratic reasons, the location is still a secret but we will update you very soon trough our web-page, with photos and details.
We really hope to see you at our opening!
€10 or more: Get 1 printed postcard featuring one of the LACUNA/AE project images.
€35 or more: Get 1 LACUNA/AE cotton shopping bag + 3 illustrated postcards by Sara Polo creative illustration inspired by Modern Venetian architecture
€50 or more: Get 1 copy of the LACUNA/AE photobook. The PhotoBook will be both in English and Italian + 1 cotton shopping bag Ships to: Europe only /
€80 or more: Get 1 copy of the LACUNA/AE photobook. The PhotoBook will be both in English and Italian + 1 cotton shopping bag Ships to: Ships to: Anywhere in the world
€150: LACUNA/AE BOX: Get 1 copy of the LACUNA/AE photobook. The PhotoBook will be both in English and Italian + 1 cotton shopping bag + 3 postcards illustrated by Sara Polo creative illustration inspired by Modern Venetian architecture + 1 limited edition 15x21 cm print from Lacuna/ae photographers images. Ships to: Anywhere in the world
€300 or more: Get a unique experience on board a Venetian traditional boat following the itinerary of modern architectures in Venice. If you wish, you can also try the one-of-a-kind Venetian rowing, accompanied by Venice Onboard instructors + 3 postcards illustrated by Sara Polo creative illustration inspired by modern Venetian architecture + 1 copy of the LACUNA/AE photo book. The Book will be in both English and Italian + 1 cotton shopping bag + 1 limited edition 15x21 cm print from Lacuna/ae photographers images. Ships to: Anywhere in the world.
€500 or more: Get a 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale tour guide (1hour 30). A guide will show you the Biennale highlights. + Get a unique experience on board a Venetian traditional boat following the itinerary of modern architectures in Venice. If you wish, you can also try the one-of-a-kind Venetian rowing, accompanied by Venice Onboard instructors + 3 postcards illustrated by Sara Polo creative illustration inspired by modern architecture + 1 copy of the LACUNA/AE photo book. The Book will be both in English and Italian + 1 cotton shopping bag + 1 limited edition 15x21 print from Lacuna/ae photographers images.
€1.000 or more: Your name/the name of your company will appear on our photo book and on all press materials as official sponsor of our project + get a 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale tour guide (1hour 30). A guide will show you the Biennale highlights + get a unique experience on board a Venetian traditional boat following the itinerary of modern architectures in Venice. If you wish, you can also try the one-of-a-kind Venetian rowing, accompanied by Venice Onboard instructors + 1 cotton shopping bag + 3 postcards illustrated by Sara Polo creative illustration inspired by modern architecture + 1 copy of the LACUNA/AE photo book. The Book will be in both English and Italian + 1 limited edition 15x21 print from Lacuna/ae photographers images
Even if you can’t contribute financially, you can still support us by spreading the word. THANK YOU AGAIN!
Risks and challenges
If this campaign is successful, we will do everything possible to make sure rewards are mailed safely and on time.
Our best efforts will secure that the book will be printed in June 2016 and will reach you in time.
As in many publishing projects, there is a risk of delay. If inevitable delays do occur, you, as a supporter, will be the first to know through our updates.
Thanks for all the support! We are excited to take this next step with you, the Kickstarter community!
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our web-page (still under construction) is: www.lacunaeproject.com
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