Dennis Del Favero
Del Favero's work explores the interrelationship between the human and the natural worlds1. His work evokes the ways in which these interrelationships, like pentimenti, endure beyond our attempt to deny them. Pentimenti refers to the visible trace of an earlier painting beneath a layer of paint on a canvas, typically found during restoration or x-ray 2. His work is particularly interested in such 'hauntings', i.e. how human and natural interrelationships, like pentimenti, reveal themselves as involuntary embodiments.3 In recent work he has focused on how one might live in a world increasingly haunted by the unacknowledged interrelationship between the human world and its habitat 4, 5, 6.
The major retrospective, 'Dennis Del Favero: Fantasmi', was exhibited in Hannover at Sprengel Museum in 2004 accompanied by a book published by the Sprengel Museum.
Dennis Del Favero's thirty six awards include ten fellowships and four artist in residencies, including at Neu Galerie Graz. His work forms part of Australia’s major public collections, as well as private and corporate collections nationally and internationally. He is represented in Europe by Galerie Marion Scharmann, Cologne and Galerie Andreas Binder, Munich.
His work has been extensively exhibited internationally in individual exhibitions for museums and galleries such as ViaFarini, Milan and Neue Galerie, Graz and included in curated group exhibitions such as Kriegszustand, Battle of the Nations War Memorial, Leipzig 1996 (joint project with Jenny Holzer), Future Cinema, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2002, Videonale, Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2005, Artescienza: Spazio deformato, Casa dell'Architettura, Rome, 2006, International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, 2008, International Film Festival Amsterdam, 2009, Sydney Film Festival, 2011, Film Cologne for Art Cologne, 2014.
Dennis Del Favero is born of Cadorin parents who migrated to Australia from the Dolomites, Northern Italy, in 1948. He studied philosophy at the University of Sydney, 1977, completing postgraduate degrees in art at the University of Sydney, 1985, the University of New South Wales, 1989 and the University of Technology, 1999. He currently lives and works in Sydney and is an ARC Professorial Fellow and Director of the iCinema Research Centre and Deputy Director of the National Institute for Experimental Arts at the University of New South Wales. He is also Visiting Professor at the ZKM, Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany, City University of Hong Kong and IUAV University of Venice.
1. Ross Gibson. 2003. Reverberation: Remembrance and the Moving Image. Melbourne: Australian Centre for the Moving Image. p. 53
2. The New Oxford Dictionary of English
3. Jill Bennett. (2004) Fantasmi. Hannover: Sprengel Museum. p. 80
4. Sabine Sielke. (2008) "Surfacing Depths", in Un_Imaginable, ed. D.Del Favero, U. Frohne and P. Weibel, Ostfildern/Hatje Cantz. p. 19
5. Terry Smith. (2012) "Transnational Virtuality: New Media Art, Contemporary Concerns" in Jaynie Anderson (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Australian Art, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
6. Edward Scheer (2012). Scenario. Karlsruhe/ZKM.
7. Ursula Frohne. (2013). "...Naturliches Artikulieren...". Transkription 2.4. Inverno