OBITUARY


OBITUARY

2007 -  current

Metal pipes, metal clamps, amplifiers, speakers and wood.

Variable dimensions acording to exhibition space


Obituario

Museo Blanes, 2008

For his exhibition in the Museo Blanes, Nicolás Franco proposed building a modular sculpture whose function was to house a series of audio-visual archives. The governing theme of this documentary search aimed at registering the subjective conception of a person in relation to the space: the audio material presented a monologue in which a 92 year-old woman talked about her relationship with modern life. This voice over was constructed as an organisational complaint pitched at a micro-domestic level. The voice was projected on three audio channels and moved through the museum space on a platform, like a floating memory, destined to know about things that are already stripped of memory and that happened in another place.

Obituario

Museo del Barro, Asunción, 2009

DZG is an abstract geometrical construction destined to intervene with sound and light in the collection Latin American Religious Figures (17th to 19th centuries) in the Museo del Barro en Asunción. The work aims to reframe the appreciation of the collection by using a device which strengthens the comparison between emblematic objects and contemporary discourse. The audio material uses clips from Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, Der Zorn Gottes (1972), providing a sound track that confronts the spectator with troubling themes such as imperialism, religious fanaticism and the clash of civilisations. These themes therefore underlie each of the rooms in the collection of the Museo del Barro where Franco’s intervention takes place, rooms which mainly exhibit religious figurines made by indigenous Guaranies. This work is conceived as a laboratory of symbolic and social analysis, taking the Museo del Barro as a space of dialogue. The installation proposed by Nicolás Franco seeks to establish a complex perspective on the articulation between indigenous art, popular art and contemporary art, incorporating into the museographical vision an expressive component deriving from contemporary fictions.

OBITUARIO

CEC - Rosario, 2008

Nicolás Franco’s intervention in the Rosario CEC suggests two aesthetic solutions to present a series of interviews in which the supporters of two football teams from Rosario swear eternal hatred of each other in a dialogue of deaf people. There are certain practices, like football, which can be understood as the catalysts for social identity in a crisis of basic social cohesion. Rival fan clubs establish themselves as a replacement for tribal enclaves that anchor the subjectivity of communities threatened by internal migration and the diminishment of the classic commanding father figure. At the very least rival fan clubs localise the symbolic instability and regulate the vigilance over social flux, developing an industry of the transfer of inbred energy. Nicolás Franco activates a hypothesis of the field of battle in which “off side” frees up the battle for the designation of the “name of the father” which over-determines the logic of the selection. It furthers the sense that art practices only recognise themselves as products of that framework, and that the place of the fan clubs only expands by omission the practical concept of the zone of reparation. The wish to inscribe oneself in victory focalises and vocalises the chants in order to expand the offensive and the destructive disgrace of the Other as a hidden means of ensuring political submission. Nicolás Franco records the emblematic chants of the most important fan clubs that the sporting body of the town of Rosario has, with the aim of framing their acts of declaration in a mechanism of retention of energy, fixing thereby the destiny of the popular action that responds to the unsatisfied needs produced through “social adjustment” which maintains a social context in a state of permanent vulnerability.


PUBLICATIONS

Nicolas Franco X, Y, Z

Exh. Cat. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago 2013

Estructuras Psicóticas

Ex. Cat. Galería Gabriela Mistral, Santiago 2008

Grado Cero

Exh. Cat. Fundación CorpArtes, Santiago 2015
 

EXHIBITIONS

Estructuras Psicóticas

Galería Gabriela Mistral, Santiago 2008

Group exhibition curated by Claudia Zaldivar

Obituario

Museo Blanes, Montevideo 2008

Solo Exhibition curated by Justo Pastor Mellado

DZG

Museo del Barro, Asunción, 2008

Solo Exhibition curated by Justo Pastor Mellado

Leprosos y Canallas

CEC - Rosario, Rosario 2008

Solo Exhibition curated by Justo Pastor Mellado

Grado Cero

Fundación Corpartes, Santiago 2015

Group Exhibition curated by Jacopo Crivelli