Flavio Favelli, Afgacolor, 2019, neon, 21 5⁄8 × 65 × 4".

Flavio Favelli, Afgacolor, 2019, neon, 21 5⁄8 × 65 × 4".

Flavio Favelli

Francesca Minini

In his exhibition “Afgacolor,” Flavio Favelli proposed an alienating, intense, and surprising path, inviting us on an emotional journey into the recent history of one of the countries that feature most dramatically in the contemporary news: Afghanistan. The fact that Favelli has never visited the country in person served as a warning against giving the exhibition any journalistic or illustrative interpretation.

Favelli’s work has always moved easily among techniques, materials, and methodologies. Here, viewers encountered (among other things) a neon work, a sculptural column made of metal trays, and assemblages of Afghan carpets (hung on the wall, they evoked the tapestries of Alighiero Boetti), as well as painting-like works—the artist considers them collages—featuring sheets of postage stamps, and paintings with inscriptions in Arabic over enlarged reproductions of objects such as an

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