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by Ivano Vitali

Monte San Quirico
Lucca - Italy

Paper ball by Ivano Vitali Tape-stry by Ivano Vitali
Creative Paper Recycling

"My primary aim remains the communication of the ecological message to all the peoples of the earth, because I believe that wellbeing and happiness are dependent upon a respect for the environment, and I am therefore convinced that every person, without exception must stand for the defence of planet earth against any form of pollution."

"Mon objectif principal reste la communication du message écologique à tous les peuples de la terre, parce que je crois que le bien-être et le bonheur dépendent d’un respect de l’environnement, et je suis donc convaincu que toute personne, sans exception, doit défendre la planète Terre contre toute forme de pollution". 

“Mi objetivo principal sigue siendo la comunicación del mensaje ecológico a todos los pueblos de la tierra, porque creo que el bienestar y la felicidad dependen de un respeto por el medio ambiente, y por lo tanto estoy convencido de que todas las personas, sin excepción, debe presentarse a la defensa de la tierra del planeta en contra de cualquier forma de contaminación.”

From environmental art to impact zero global art

When I introduce my art, I cannot help but refer to the artistic research which I carried out in the period spent in the Impruneta countryside near Florence from 1975 to 1979.
The artistic research which I carried out in the environment, for the environment, with all its phenomena - sensorial and conceptual, free from the influence of market forces and dominant ideology continues to this day.
Very little of the poor and recycled material used to create those ephemeral installations has remained: nearly everything was recycled in those years. A few dozen pieces are now visible only through partial documented means consisting of photos, slides, some written texts and some evidence from friends and acquaintances who used to visit and share the large farmhouse in via Quintole per le Rose, 47. Only recently I started showing my research of those years, because I am convinced that it is still relevant. It is, in fact, from that research that for the last twenty years I have been borrowing ideas, which I then rework in order to express my creativity. 
My choice in the middle of the ‘90s to use only printed paper (newspapers, magazines, books, etc.) out of all of the available recyclable materials in order to make sculptures, installations and performances evolved at the same time as my interest to communicate what I had made and was making through the internet, by creating my own websites to document my day to day activities.
I have always been an ecologist: in 2002 I started to transform recycled newspapers into artwork, without using machines, glue, water or fixing agents… using only my hands, I twist newspapers into threads with endless combinations of thicknesses and colours. These threads are gathered into skeins, reels and balls, and then, using traditional techniques such as knitting, crochet and weaving are crafted into unique, unrepeatable works, both poor and precious at the same time. An art which I define as “zero impact” since the works come from recycled materials and do not require the consumption of non-renewable resources for their realization, with the further possibility of being undone once more, re-made, or sent back into the recycling chain.
Once I overcame the experimental stage, for several years I started to objectify my works by making garment-sculptures, tapestries, chair installations, table doilies, giant balls and maxi-socks…Since 1995 my performances with newspaper unite the ludic and spectacular action with the didactic moment in which I show the techniques of recycling... (translated by Marc West)

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