After hosting one-man shows by Daniele Puppi, vedovamazzei, Adrian Paci, and Sislej Xhafa, Eldorado, the project room at the GAMeC di Bergamo for the youngest and most interesting artists on the international art scene, presents Treat or Trick, a new work by Lara Favaretto.
Winner of the 2001 Querini Stampalia – Furla Prize and a current scholarship at P.S.1 in New York, Lara Favaretto will present a large photograph in space one of the project room and an installation in space two. The exhibition will continue outdoors in the form of a performance engaging the participation of people in the streets of central Bergamo. The performance will take place on December 1, starting at 3:00 p.m. from Piazza Vecchia in Bergamo Alta, proceeding through the streets of the historical center until 5:00 p.m. At 6:00 p.m., when the sculptures used during the performance are back in place at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Via San Tomaso 53, the other part of the exhibition at the Eldorado project room will be opened.
The festival theme, the theme of the joyful relationship between people and art as space and occasion for encounters are at the center of this project, as is true for the artist’s work in general. For this one-man show, Lara Favaretto created 14 large papier-mâché sculptures that can be worn as costumes, recalling the temporary allegorical floats created for Mardi Gras. These movable structures will be featured as the highlight of the installation and photograph, and serve as the props for a performance that will pass through the center of Bergamo over the course of several hours. The poetry of everyday life, anthropology, and aesthetics are interwoven in a work that reveals the two sides of the festive dimension – both its amusing and euphoric aspect and it expectant, melancholy aspect.
Lara Favaretto has exhibited her work at the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea at the Palazzo delle Papesse (Siena 2000), Valencia Biennial in 2001, and at BIG, the Biennale d’Arte Giovane (Biennial of Young Art) in Turin (2002). She will soon be featured in upcoming exhibitions at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and at the Kunsthalle in Vienna.