Back in the early 80s there was a project over the whole of this area known as Project Echo which was aimed at providing links between the educational system, the home environment and culture in general.
In those years the guiding hand behind this project was the teacher Duse Lemmeti (now retired) and the then assesore of cultura for Castelnuovo, dott. Carlo Popiaz (now the principal of the IPSIA school in Castelnuovo – interview with dott. Popaiz can be heard here)
Unfortunately that project is long gone but one vital part which was first announced all those years ago at the age of new technology taken on a new life. The idea then was to build a “cultural map” of the area with a census of the artists working within the territory.
Long before the age of Internet this meant a good deal of letter writing, faxing and telephoning to build up a comprehensive list of working artists in this area.
All that has now changed as we move into the era of daily and constant contact.
Barga is known as art city not just historically but also because of the many exhibitions by contemporary artists during the year.
Over the next few months we will be talking with and compiling a comprehensive list of the working artists in this area.
The first on the list is the almost reclusive Veronica Calzecchi Onesti, also known by her pseudonym of Bianca, who last exhibited in this area back in 2007 with a very successful Gatti Alchemici Exhibition in the Galleria Comunale in Barga Vecchia.
Since then people have seen her work but this afternoon, we were invited into her studio to spend some time in conversation with her.
That conversation in which she talks ( in Italian) about the huge mix mythologies which influence her work can be heard at the end of this article.
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