I poveri sono matti (The poor are mad) (2005–18)
I poveri sono matti (The poor are mad) is a red and blue caravan suspended thirty metres above the ground by crane. A recording of the popular polka song, ‘Rosamunde’, resonates from the caravan’s interior to the street below. The work is inspired in part by research gathered during a three month journey to Rajasthan where the artist met with different local castes. It also references her acquaintance with the nomadic Italian Piccaluga family – the original owners of the caravan – who work in the circus. The apparition of the caravan against the sky highlights the fierce creativity and imagination at the heart of the communities she has met.
The work’s title is borrowed from a novel by Italian writer Cesare Zavattini. The final destination of the caravan will be a private burning, with the remains kept as a relic of the piece.
Lara Favaretto (b.1973, Italy) creates sculptures and installations that are often site-specific and performative in nature, with new pieces often arising from the remains of past events or interventions. Since 2005 Favaretto has been producing a series of works titled “momentary monuments”. Adopting and at the same time subverting the vernacular of public sculpture each work in this series ends in its own eventual destruction and dispersal.
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