Flavio Favelli frequents flea markets and vintage dealers to source objects, furniture, and images he feels an intimate connection to. These second-hand discoveries are woven into personal and social narratives based on Favelli’s relationship to the objects and the environments in which they are displayed. Favelli was born in 1960s Italy, where the wake of WWII inspired a national zeal to modernize provincial life. This desire informs many of his works, particularly through the idea that a better future can be granted through foreign consumer goods. His series “Manatthan Club” was inspired by a misspelled nightclub sign encountered off a rural Italian highway. The exhibition evoked the consumer culture of 1970s Italy, using reappropriated neon signs, furniture, and frames holding postcards and Pucci scarves, all items filled with the illusion of a better future.
Fondazione Adolfo Pini