'Rarely we discover artists that so closely work with the macabre and by the terminal phase of our life (...…) Her films, often characterised by the use of a gloomy atmospheric black and white, remind of some of the work by Maya Deren (…... ) Valentina Lari is more unique than simply unusual.'
Domenico Monetti, film critic, Segnocinema March 2016
'It's amazing how much our two films ("Through the Weeping Glass") actually do overlap almost uncannily with themes and images and objects (...) the actress eminently and very beautifully carried her fiction as did the very handsome photography in black and white…. A skilful achievement.
The Quay Brothers on “The Deformity of Beauty”
“Lari's latest photographic project' Reveries'captures dreamlike landscapes and musings. The use of shadow creates strong moody compositions that seem to capture the moment just after a person has left the frame. Along with the photographer we the viewers become voyeurs of these empty scenes that seem to radiate with presence of some unseen being. The stillness of the space gives us the sense that the photograph has captured a fragment in time that we can enjoy lingering over. “ Corine Brown, The London Independent Photography
'Lari’s video, ‘In Loving Memory,’ is placed only a few feet away (from the operating table)- as though acknowledging the inevitable. Over fluid black and white moonlit shots of Victorian graves, a statuary voice reads poems emanating from the beyond. Beautifully eerie…’
Sarah Kent, art critic, Time Out London 2005
“I was impressed by how beautifully directed it was and how it handled the human remains with dignity and respect. Instead of the film being a dry scientific presentation, Lari has opted for a gothic atmosphere in B&W, using, however, accurate scientific data from the Museum's archives. I noticed that the audience came from various backgrounds (medicine, art, science etc.) and everybody found it very appealing...
Dr Anastasia Tsaliki, bio and palaeopathologist on “The Deformity of Beauty”
Born in Florence, Italy. Graduated with an MA in script writing and directing at Goldsmiths College, London in 2003, Lari lived in England until 2015. She's currently living in Ghent, Belgium.
Her visual work mainly focuses on memory, sense of loss & death. She exclusively work 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 offers.
Lari exhibited internationally as photographer and her short films have been awarded and screened in various film festivals. In the last few years she also collaborated with medical museums for personal artistic projects, including the world's renowed Mütter Museum of Philadelphia.