Lara Favaretto

Lara Favaretto (b.1973, Treviso, Italy) lives in Turin, Italy. The practice of Favaretto is the outcome of profound conceptual research. Her works interact with space and with the setting and community around them, and they emerge in powerful, almost violent, actions while appearing with stunning aesthetic quality. 

For Liverpool Biennial 2016, Favaretto has created Momentary Monument – The Stone, a huge granite boulder. It is hollow, and passers-by can drop money into it through a slot. This new work is part of the artist’s Momentary Monuments series, which testifies to the temporary nature of all monuments, and the impossibility of memorialisation. At the end of the Biennial, the boulder will be destroyed. The funds collected will be donated to a local charity, Asylum Link Merseyside, an organisation dedicated to assisting asylum seekers and refugees, and raising public awareness around refugee issues. 


Favaretto’s Lost and Found suitcases are the result of yearly visits to places where lost luggage can be found: flea-markets, railway stations or dumps. Having obtained a suitcase, she combines what is already inside with new items, locks the case and throws away the key. Several of these works can be found across many Biennial exhibition sites.

Solo exhibitions include MoMA PS1, New York, USA (2012); Sharjah Art Foundation, Dubai, UAE (2012); Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy (2005); and the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bergamo, Italy (2002). Group exhibitions include Schrin Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2006); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA (2005); and the Venetian Pavilion, 51st Venice Biennale, Italy (2005).