The Haiku Foundation honors the work of contemporary masters of the dual art of haiga: visual image wedded to haiku. This month’s featured artist is Toni Piccini.
Toni Piccini was born in Trieste, Italy, where he lives.
In his work, he says, he strives to reach a point where text, image and font (with its variables) give birth to a harmonious ensemble, where the result is the total of the fusion of the three elements, which still retain their own particularities.
To do this he frequently uses photos that aren’t the visual expression of the text, but that travel on the same level of vibration. His haiku are not composed upon seeing the image: the two elements are born separately and matched from there.
His haiga exhibition Costruir levando (Building through removing), at the 13th International Poetry Festival in Genoa, Italy, 2007, was the first ever presented in Italy. He also has had exhibitions in Hungary (at the “World Haiku Festival” in Pécs, 2010, in Budapest and other towns among which is a permanent exhibition in Keszthely), Croatia and the United States.
horses of steam
carousels with little horses of steam — the children are finishedphotograph and text 2018
lump of coal a detainee draws the sequel to Guernicadrawing of Zoran Mušič, archive of ANPI\VZPI-ANNPIA of Trieste, Revoltella Museum-Trieste photograph and text by Toni Piccini 2018
pink red black brown triangles and a yellow star — a nazi rainbowphotograph and text 2018
a holocaust denier burns the history books in his kitchen ovenphotograph and text 2018
Mauthausen, Dachau, San Sabba, Auschwitz, Sobibor, Treblinka, Dora the rolling faces of Nazi dicephotograph and text 2018
the straight road
“Women and Children first” — straight the road to the gas chambersphotograph and text 2018
of the two sisters I talk with the dead one — the echo of the stonesphotograph and text 2018