December 15 – February 15, 2013


The Gardens is happy to announce the opening of the solo show of Lara Favaretto this Saturday, December 15, 2012.

Lara Favaretto (b. 1973) is an Italian artist living and working in Torino, Italy. Her works – sculptures, installations, and performances – carry references to the contemporary society, the convention of its autonomy and control systems, industrial world, and art history. Favaretto’s art is in many cases satirical; humor here is fused together with tragedy and drama. Animated objects such as “dancing” washing poles from a car-wash, sealed room full of confetti, or “whistling” gasbags, makes one smile and at the same time become worried due to the uncannines of the “physiognomies” of self-suffcient things one is facing. The artist often deals with the objet trouvé or her own pieces previously exhibited, which taken apart or in whole expose new potentialities and powers. Her artworks bear a quality of the ephemeral expressed through the shifting nature of the objects she employs for her pieces.

For the first time the three artworks are exhibited in one space: “27 Luglio” (“July 27”), 2002, “DOVE VA LA STRADA VA LO STESSO” (“WHEREVER THE ROAD GOES, IT GOES THE SAME”), 2006, “For All Ages”, 2006. Conceived especially for The Gardens the installation is composed of ventilators blowing air in a certain speed necessary to make the drawings and the calendar with the date of the artist’s birthday stay on the wall.

The idea is to think about the space in a different speed so that it could be possibly reconstituted elsewhere.

Recent solo shows include: “Momentary Monument IV” in d’OCUMENTA (13), “Just Knocked Out” at MoMA PS1, 2012, “Painlessly Consumed” at Franco Noero gallery, 2010. Selected group shows: “Making Worlds” in the 53rd Biennale of Venice, 2009, Frieze art projects at Frieze Art Fair, 2007.

Curators: Gerda Paliušytė and Inesa Pavlovskaitė
Opening this Saturday, December 15, 2012, 7-9pm
The exhibition is on view through February 15, 2013.

Kindly supported by LR Ministry of Culture.


Lara Favaretto, installation view

Lara Favaretto, 27 Luglio, 2002

Lara Favaretto, DOVE VA LA STRADA VA LO STESSO, 2006

Lara Favaretto, For All Ages, 2006.

Lara Favaretto, DOVE VA LA STRADA VA LO STESSO (detail), 2006

Photos by Robertas Narkus