April 10th through May 1st
HOMO FABER IS BACK AT SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE ISLAND
High artisanship, with special focus on Venice and Japan, is back to the Lagoon, after a long pause due to pandemic difficulties. The first edition, in 2018, was a successful and unforgettable event, but this second edition promises to be even more glamorous and inspiring. From April 10th until May 1st, 15 thematic shows will be on at San Giorgio Maggiore, where the exhibiting spaces include two newly restored areas, the former Nautical School, and the Messina Hall. But there will be more!
Besides the exhibits and the direct contacts with performing expert artisans on St George Island the 2022 Homo Faber will encourage visitors to explore Venice’s artisan ateliers, still active in the backstreets (see the interactive guide INCITTA’):
Venice has a long proud tradition in crafting skills in a number of fields, ranging from boats and oars making, to glass blowing, velvet-making, perfume and cosmetics, marble paper, bookbinding, golden and silver jewelry (learn more with our tours).
Japan, the country where the finest artisans are designated by the government as ‘National Living Treasures’ will be the guest of honor of this 2022 edition. Twelve leading artisans and designers will be present at San Giorgio with their exquisite creations. Visitors can experience the ikebana and the tea ceremony traditions. You can explore their ateliers through the lens of top photographer Rinko Kawauchi. The influence of Japanese crafts of European tradition in different fields will be also examined.
The 15 thematic exhibits of Homo Faber will be curated by 22 international designers and authorities: with Magnae Chartae, designed by Michele De Lucchi, we enter the world of European paper artists, encouraging us to envision this humble material in a new light. Masterful Gestures gives the opportunity of entering a workshop where young talents from France and the UK learn from selected craftsmen, sharing ideas and working in front of your eyes. Mechanical Marvels celebrates Swiss mastership in mechanical art and its warm and human nature: get ready for an immersive experience and expect to ‘create’ yourself!
The Young Ambassadors Program gives the chance to 100 talented arts and crafts students from all over the world to actively participate to the event, allowing them to show their works and enter in touch with international artists and designers.
Homo Faber. Crafting a more human future is featured by the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftmanship, a non-profit Swiss organization, in collaboration with the Giorgio Cini Foundation and with the Fondazione Cologni for Art Crafts.