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Flavio Favelli/Graham Fagen/Flavio Favelli

“My Home Is My Mind”—the title of Flavio Favelli’s exhibition in Berlin: a quintessentially compensatory statement, a way of making sense of one’s essential homelessness. Favelli has since the mid- ’90s constructed a number of site-specific works in disused buildings, often by means of modifications to the existing architecture and appurtenances. These locations have sometimes become the houses in which he has lived—in fact, as he told the show’s curator, Stefano Gualdi, “I began my career as an artist by renovating my house.” Favelli’s project, I would guess, is to make himself more at home with his felt lack of at-homeness.

In a gallery context Favelli works more or less the same way: not so much by filling a container with objects as by using objects to modify the viewer’s perception of the space that contains them. Naturally the objects can, if one wishes, be taken home and

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