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Lara Favaretto @ Nottingham Contemporary Gallery

20 June 2017 - 28 August 2017

Lara Favaretto’s exhibition, Absolutely Nothing, her largest to date in the UK, will bring together pivotal pieces spanning two decades of her practice, along with recent works and a major public commission. The Italian artist’s work addresses sculpture’s mutability and monumentality, often testing its relationship to time; failure, futility and disappearance become generative processes. As Favaretto has said, “I like to shift from perfection to the fall, to push the work to its tipping point, its limit, to endanger it, to the point of making it yield, jam, collapse.”
The exhibition aims to explore a state of uncertainty, where art works become like the remains of events. On display will be 14 enigmatic sculptures titled Bulk (2002), plaster casts of papier-maché carnival masks that were once part of a procession led by Favaretto with young people in Italy. All that remains are the traces of the event. Another work, Relic (2015), a series of nine concrete sculptures, akin to archeological finds, that were cast from the fourth episode in Favaretto’s “Momentary Monument” series, 400 tonnes of collected scrap metal that were presented at dOCUMENTA (13). Only the concrete parts of the installation were kept, like remnants from an unknown past.


20 June 2017
28 August 2017
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Nottingham Contemporary