Sculpture By Italian Artist Raises Funds For Refugees

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Lara Favaretto. Momentary Monument – The Stone. 2016. Installation view from Skulptur Projekte Münster
Lara Favaretto's Sculptur Projetke Münster collects $31,400 for those facing deportation from Germany

Following the closure of the months-long seminal public art event in Münster, Germany, it was revealed 19 October that Lara Favaretto’s Momentary  Monument – The Stone (2016), described as a “monolithic […] piggy bank” by artforum, had amassed around $31,400.

Part of a larger series that addresses the impermanence of public monuments and the impossibility of memorialisation, the work appears visually as a large rectangular stone obelisk with a small slot in which to accept donations. Intended to be smashed open, the Münster installation was cracked apart in early October. The full sum was donated to Hilfe für Menschen in Abschiebehaft Büren e.V, a German organisation dedicated to aiding refugees and displaced individuals.

The work initially debuted at the Liverpool Biennial 2016, where proceeds went to the local charity Asylum Link Merseyside, likewise dedicated to refugees and raising awareness for asylum seekers. Favaretto currently has another still-intact piece at the exhibition’s satellite location in Marl, Germany.

Favaretto is represented by Galleria Franco Noero and is known for conceptual, research-based and interactive installations that speak to issues within communities.

For more information, visit Franconoero.com.

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Lara Favaretto. Momentary Monument – The Stone. 2016. Installation view from Skulptur Projekte Münster