Lara Favaretto

Blue Velvet

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Lara Favaretto, Blue Velvet, 2018, Dimensions variable. Art Jameel Collection. Photo courtesy of Brent Galotera

Artwork Details


Lara Favaretto


Blue Velvet




Car wash brushes, iron slabs, motors and electrical boxes



Credit Line

Art Jameel Collection

Work Description

Lara Favaretto’s site specific installation Blue Velvet consists of outsize, automated car wash brushes, spinning occasionally against metal plates. Favaretto’s work is both playful and monumental; Blue velvet has a note of transience as the continuous movement of the brushes will, over time, gradually wear themselves out while marking the metal plates.Favaretto is particularly interested in exploring how everyday objects that appear ordinary and carefree at first glance can actually reveal darker themes of futility, tragedy and decay.


Artist Biography

Lara Favaretto (b.1973, Treviso) lives and works in Turin, Italy.

Lara Favaretto has worked with a range of media including performance, video, sculpture and installation. The practice of Lara Favaretto is the outcome of profound conceptual research. Her works interact with space, and the community around them. The works often emerge in powerful, almost violent actions while appearing with stunning aesthetic quality.

Recent solo exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (2019), Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, Germany (2018), Manifesta 12, Palermo Italy (2018) and Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (2015). Recent group exhibitions include 58th Venice Biennial, Venezia, Italy (2019), Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2019), Boghossian Foundation, Bruxelles, Belgium (2018), Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (2018) and London Art Night (2018).

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