Lisa Mara Batacchi
artist born in Florence (IT) where she is based.
She studied Fashion Design at Polimoda and then worked as a designer, more significantly for Vivienne Westwood in London. She completed her training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence.
Her poetics brings to light emotional bonds between individuals and society, documenting both a personal and a collective identity in relation to local communities as well as to transnational issues. By using an anthropological approach in the analysis of a specific context, her works capture the most subtle variations deriving from dreams, symbologies, numerology, memories and history.
From these conceptual bases she creates devices that can lead, like talismans, to new forms of interactions and thoughts, in particular by exploring the delicate boundaries between earth-humankind-cosmos.
Since 2013, she has focused more deeply on the recovery of ancestral textile techniques, related to rituals and to traditions that are slowly but dramatically disappearing in the globalized culture of the 21st century, both between oriental and western culture. Pursuing this direction, she established relations of cooperation at first with knitwear artisans in her home town, Florence (IT) for the Soulmate (Within Time) project; in 2015 with ethnic minorities as the Banjara tribe in Bombay (IND) thanks to the Italian Movin’up Prize Award and in 2016 with the Hmong tribe in Guizhou Province (CH) for The Time of Discretion project.
As a result, her works come together as environmental and site specific installations, somehow magically installaed out far from civilization in a desertic lanscape, as with her The Time of Discretion. Curtain (2016) that took place on the south east border of the Gobi Desert.
During the pandemia she learnt more deeply the art of tapestry in her home town together with expert restorers and textile artisans. This generated her project Sand Storms in Medio Mundi produced by the Goethe Institut of Tbilisi (GE) and Baku (AZ) for Silk, a group exhibition curated by Alfons Hug, presented during the 59th Venice Biennale at GAD-Giudecca Art District.
This ongoing project has been later displayed in her solo show curated by Lottozero at Museo Mercantile during BAW – Bolzano Art Weeks as well as in the Textile Art Biennial group show The Soft Revolution curated by Barbara Pavan at the Textile Museum in Busto Arsizio.
A second step of the project Shamal. Sand Stone Stars, a site-specific environmental installation promoted by Polimoda, was coinceived for the Dubai Design Week 2022 – Design With Impact curated by Kate Barry.
Her jaquard manual tapestries from the series Crossing Destinies (2018) have been recently included in DESIGNEAST, a new platform created by director Rue Kothari, that will launch with a group exhibition at Arselkal Avenue during the Dubai Art Week 2023, concentrating on textile narratives in the Global South.
Her art works have been displayed in other solo and collective exhibitions, among others: 2nd Something Else – Off Biennale in Cairo, Manifesta 12 collateral event in Palermo, MAD-Murate Art District in Florence, Art & Globalization Pavillion during the 57th Venice Biennale, 4th LAM – Biennial Land Art Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar, TAC-Textile Arts Center in New York, Riss(e) Zentrum in Varese.
She has held lectures, workshops, educational projects and collaborations with The Italian Cultural Institute of Abu Dhabi (UAE), Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence (IT), Arts Can Do-ACAF Foundation in Shanghai (CN), The Italian Cultural Institute of Ulaanbaatar (MN), Siena Art Institute (IT), Lottozero in Prato (IT).
Her long term project The Time of Discretion was included in Global Identities. Postcolonial and Cross-Cultural Narratives published by Mousse Publishing in 2019 and was also published as a monograph The Time of Discretion by Silvana editoriale in 2020; the book generated her first short film in 2021, with the same title, that was selected, awareded and screened in various international film festivals. Her latest Shamal. Sand Stone Stars (2022) was reviewed as a must see installation at the Dubai Design Week on VogueArabia, ArabNews, Mille World and Elle Decor.