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Valentina Lari

Born in Florence, Italy, 1975. Graduated with an MA in script writing and directing at Goldsmiths College, London, Lari lived in England from 2002 to 2016. She's currently living in Ghent, Belgium. Her visual work mainly focuses on sense of loss, dreams and anatomy.She exclusively works with analogue photography and prints her own photographs. As a filmmaker, although her preferred choice is 16mm and super8mm, she integrates film with digital and explores the various possibilities that the digital format itself offer. 

In 2011-12 she was part of Panic II & III, a series of exhibitions inspired by the panic movement created in the 60ies by revolutionary filmmakers Alejandro Jodorowsky and Fernando Arrabal. 

Previously exhibited in UK and Italy, her film In Loving Memory was showcased in Ghent, as part of a group show on death and relics: Letting Go. In 2012 the same video was also part of In Paradisum, an art exhibition at Rich Mix Gallery,London, in connection to theperformance on the eponymous requiem interpreted by British composer Benjamin Till. 

Lari was awarded an art grant by the Mütter Museum, of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 2010 for the production of an experimental short film and a series of photographic images and the finished piece entitled The Deformity of Beauty has been screened in various festivals & universities throughout 2012 and 2013. In late 2013 shecompleted a short experimental documentary on rituals and superstitions Dido's Lament: Victorian Rituals of Death and Mourning. 

In 2014 she was selected for the prestigious national Creative England's Talent Centre Launch Net. Work Programme for emerging filmmakers organized by the BFI (British Film Institute) and Lighthouse (digital culture & fine art agency). 

Also In 2014 she collaborated with the anatomy department of the University of Toulouse Rangueil for an art project. A screening of the final film Liminality and a photo exhibition was held at La Fabrique, CIAM Centre d’Initiatives artistiques de l’Université de Toulouse II- Le Mirail, Toulouse in 2014.

In 2015 Valentina Lari was part of Post Mortem exhibition, in collaboration with theUniversity of Ghent, at the Rommelare Instituut and Kask. Jan Fabre, Berlinde de Bruyckere and Martin Uit den Bogaard were among the exhibiting artists.

She exhibits regularly in Europe and she's currently working on new film projects.
Occasionally, she works as book illustrator.

Flanders Arts Institute

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