Solo se sei il Mago (Only if You Are A Magician), 2006

Lara Favaretto
Solo se sei il Mago (Only if You Are A Magician), 2006
Confetti installation
Dimensions variable
Installation view
Commissioned and produced by Sharjah Art Foundation
Photo by Alfredo Rubio


Lara Favaretto has worked with a range of media throughout her career including performance, sculpture, installation and video. For the 9th Sharjah Biennial she showed a major installation work of paired multi-coloured car wash brushes that spun provocatively perhaps like the couples whom each pair was named after: Amamiya and Sasayama, Bobby and Laura, Harold and Maude, Kelly and Griff, Maria and Felix, Shirley and Cyril, Stephanie and Sabrina (2009). Also included was an earlier work, Solo Se Sei Il Mago (Only if you are a Magician) (2006), a cube of white confetti that slowly collapsed through the course of the exhibition.

Favaretto has exhibited widely including solo presentations at Tramway, Glasgow (2009), Frieze Projects, London (2007), Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (2005) and group presentations including the Venice Biennale (2009), the Sharjah Biennial (2009), the Turin Triennial (2008), and the Sydney Biennial (2008).

In 2008 she was Artist-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, the Hayward Gallery, London and the Proa Foundation in Buenos Aires. She has received numerous awards including the Querini Stampalia Prize for Young Italian Artists (2001), a scholarship for Studio Program, PS1, New York(2002-03) and a scholarship for the Castello di Rivoli, Torino (2004). In 2005 she won the Venice Biennale Young Italian Art Prize.

After a scholarship at Kingston University, London(1997), she graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, Italy (1999). As part of the advanced course in Visual Art she spent 1998 as Hamilton Fulton Visiting Professor at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti, in Como, Italy.

October 2010

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 9