Lavatelli works in installation, performance, and video to examine femininity and expectations in cinema how moving image has fragmented realities and perceived female identity.
She constructs installations with moving image to suspend the construct, the female star, in the very unreality of cinema. There is frequently a visual reference to the history of cinema permitting a scene to be established for the actress to enter and disarm the cinematic machine from the inside. In addition, the featuring of young actresses enables an examination of becoming woman. Particularly in their performing a feminine representation while their identity construction continues to be affected by the intake of specifically codified images of ideality in popular culture. This opens up the idea of femininity in relation to the individual's process of identifying as female.
The examination of these issues is opened up through the experimental directorial techniques that point toward the power relations at play on the set and Lavatelli's struggle to locate the moment of in-between-ness. In the process of post production the work also engages the concept of suspension. From the footage, she gathers image fragments to reconstruct what she finds to be pivotal moments in an effort to re-capture the "gasp." That is this moment where the subject is inside and outside of herself simultaneously, where identity disintegrates and bodily ego fails to assert itself.