The European Biennial of Contemporary Art

28 June 31 October 2014

St. Petersburg, Russia The State Hermitage Museum

Lara Favaretto


Lara Favaretto Kicking 2012 concrete, iron
6 parts; overall dimensions: 105 x 500 x 20 cm approx.
Rocío and Boris Hirmas Collection
Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano
Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Franco Noero, Torino

Born 1973 in Treviso, Italy

Lara Favaretto’s site-specific installations often utilize rough, post-industrial materials such as scrap metal and concrete, or machines which have been taken out of context and allowed to run and wear down. Her work has been described as recalling such varied art-historical movements as Dada and Arte Povera, but her engagement is less historical than it is concerned with processes of collection, commemoration, and decay. Favaretto studied at Kingston University (London), the Fondazione Antonio Ratti (Como, Italy), and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milan).  Favaretto has participated in many group exhibitions including shows at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh (2013), dOCUMENTA 13 (2012), the CCA Wattis in San Francisco (2012); the Istanbul Biennial (2011); the MAXXI in Rome (2011), the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen (2010), the Fundación/Colección Jumex in México D.F (2010), the Hayward Gallery in London (2010); the Sharjah Biennial (2009), the Venice Biennale (2009, 2005) and the Sydney Biennale (2008), and she will be shown in Castello di Rivoli in Turin (2015). Her many solo shows include exhibitions at Sharjah Art Museum in the United Arab Emirates (2013), MoMA PS1 in New York (2012) and Tramway in Glasgow (2009).