Ayer y Hoy. 2013. Installation views, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, 2015 & Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Santiago, 2014

Ayer y Hoy


Archival pigment ink on 310grs. cotton paper. Wooden frame

53 parts, each 41 x 35 cm.

Ed. 1/3 + 1 AP

Collection Claudio Engel, Santiago


Ayer y hoy (Yesterday and Today) (2013), based on a publication produced by the Chilean dictatorship that set out to make propaganda from the cultural changes induced by the coup, the printed and formatted material is recycled in a kind of masquerade of polyvalent graphic design, with cut and folded pages from the publication depicted on a white surface. The almost playful plasticity of each figure produced in this way releases the symbolic violence structuring the editorial apparatus used as material. The pieces was recently exhibited at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, as part of the show Resistance Performed.

The metaphors of the dynamic process of design can be a powerful medium through with stability and world changes can be understood. This is why when we analyse the symbolic and creative work we apply a certain multi-laterality which is suggested to us by the analysis that is innate in the piece Ayer Hoy by Nicolás Franco. Franco’s intervention consists of folding the pages of the book so that the texts of the original publication are juxtaposed and inter-woven on one single plane of representation. This relationship of recto/verso, typical on any page in any book, is what Franco destabilises through this simple operation that “designs” a new order. In particular Franco’s focus here articulates a new way in which the image, the object and the concept are diversified. It is a focal direction confronting that which is iconic in a phrase or a photograph that represents the coordinates of investigation and action which manage a social and political context. In this way the beginnings of articulation should, under our gaze, lay the foundations of a fractured space that reproduces a prefigured image. In this way the visual and spatial strategies canonise a discourse that does not suddenly end or disappear. Franco is reconstructing a story through this work, and in this aspect we find concepts that study its representation. Rodolfo Andaur, independent curator.