At the Biennale Arte 2017, the Swiss American artist duo Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler present their double-sided film installation «Flora», based on discoveries made in the course of their research on the largely unknown American artist Flora Mayo who studied in Paris in the 1920s, at the same time as Giacometti, and who was his lover.
By weaving together fictional and documentary material, Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler re-imagine Flora Mayo's life and work, also giving voice to her previously unknown son. «Flora» is structured as an interwoven conversation between two sides – a mother and son; Los Angeles and Paris; 2016 and 1927 – and is presented in the large room of the pavilion.
In the adjoining graphic cabinet space, Hubbard / Birchler present a second work, «Bust», a reconstruction and re-imagination of Flora Mayo's destroyed bust of Giacometti, which owes its survival solely to a lost photograph. Giacometti's and Mayo's relationship and their ensuing portrait busts reflect the creative energy generated by their collaborative artistic activity and also shed light on Alberto Giacometti's early life.

Excerpt from: Press Release Swiss Pavilion, Women of Venice, curated by Philipp Kaiser, Venice Biennial 2017

Catalogue excerpt | Bust 2017


Executive Producers for Flora
Walter A. Bechtler Foundation, Zürich
Suzanne Deal Booth, Los Angeles
Sammlung Goetz, München

Further Support
Aargauer Kuratorium, Aarau

Burger Collection, Hong Kong, Zürich
Pro Helvetia, Zürich

Review by Gregory Volk
"Now and then: The Rediscovery of Flora Mayo."


Swiss Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennial
"Women of Venice"
Mai 13 - November 26, 2017

The National Museum of Art Osaka, Japan
"Travelers: Stepping into the Unknown."
January 21 – May 6, 2018