Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, Flora, 2017.
Flora, the most recent film installation by Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, spotlights the life of Flora Mayo, a previously unknown American artist with whom the Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti had a love affair in Paris in the 1920s. In addition to the film, the exhibition presents Bust, a reproduction of the photograph and a reconstruction of Mayo’s no-longer-extant sculpture. Hubbard / Birchlerbring Mayo’s compelling biography to life by weaving together fictional and documentary material—including poignant footage of her son, David (who lives in Los Angeles); voiceover narration recounting episodes of Mayo’s life; personal photographs; and a detailed recreation of her 1926 Paris studio. Florais a multifaceted dialogue—between Mayo and Giacometti, a mother and son, Paris and Los Angeles, and past and present. Florapremiered at the Swiss Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. LACMA’s presentation marks its United States debut.
(Photo courtesy of Ugo Carmeni.)