Artist, painter, and filmmaker Angela Ricci Lucchi has passed away in Milan. A cult figure of the avant-garde cinema, always in tandem with her partner Yervant Gianikian, Ricci Lucchi was born in 1942. After studying painting in Austria with Oskar Kokoschka, she moved to Milan with Gianikian, an architect of Armenian origins. Since 1970s, she has dedicated herself to a number of avant-garde works such as the so-called "perfumed films" (Alice Scented with Rose, 1975), whose screenings were combined with the diffusion of aromatic essences that interact with the viewer. In the 1980s, she started working on documentaries by manipulating found footage and by paying special attention to images of war and from the colonial period. Her research has been greatly appreciated in the world of film festivals and contemporary art. Many retrospectives and special screenings have been dedicated to the work of the couple, including those at the Museum of Moder Art in New York, the Cinémathèque française, the Jeu de Paume and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Venice Biennale.
Her films, both shorts and features, won prizes at the Bellaria Film Festival (On the Heights All Is Peace, 1999), Asiatica Film Mediale (Electric Fragments no. 4 Asia - no. 5 Africa, 2005), IBAFF - Festival Internacional de Cine (Pays barbare, 2013). Topics of these works are the First World War, the age of totalitarisms, the tragedy of colonialism, the genocides. Their technique consists in re-using archival footage whose frames are magnified, re-framed, slowed down, re-edited according to fresh logics, coloured. Stories censored and kept hidden by the official History resurface. For an in-depth analysis of their cinema, see Robert Lumley's volume "Entering the Frame."