ESTUDIO NICOLAS FRANCO
c/ Luis Thayer Ojeda 382, Santiago, Chile
+569 9789 9283
Nicolas Franco (Santiago, 1973) received his BFA from Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 2005. He has been a resident artist at De Ateliers, Amsterdam and Gasworks, London.
Over the last ten years, Nicolas Franco has explore diverse ways of revealing gaze and history through images. Central to his work are the notions of memory and hasard objectif, combined with a broading of the vocabulary of photography and painting and its perception. Franco does not usually capture the photographic images we see in his works, his procedure is rather to process and reuse visual objects and printed material, driven by some archivist’s obsession whose purpose is not obvious. A number of his projects between 2005 and 2015 involved reproducing photographs and transferring images from one medium to another. This visual material usually makes some oblique allusion to recognizable cultural, economic, geopolitical and technical processes that marked the course of the twentieth century, be they scientific reports on the effects of war, erotic film stills or letters that preserve the wavering handwriting and existence of the serial killer named the Jackal of Nahueltoro. These traces are reproduced in Franco’s work from a dispassionate perspective that oscillates between formalism and conceptualism, forming a material structure where the movement of memory is warped by the agencies of the unconscious. The idea seems to reformulate remnants of the past within an abstract, minimalist matrix that serves as alibi and camouflage for the work. With particular attention in photography, painting and sculpture, Nicolas Franco´s work propose a meditation on the increasing deployment of technology that modulates, transforms and reorganizes the visual experience, an evocation of the technical history of the image that is crucial when images of history are considered.
His work has been object of ten Museum solo exhibitions, including: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Santiago; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago; Museo de Artes Visuales; Santiago; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Valdivia; Museo del Barro, Asunción and Museo Blanes, Montevideo. He has been part of several group exhibitions in Latin America, Europe and the United States, including venues such as Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; CA2M - Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo; MEIAC Museo Extremeño Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz; La Conservera, Ceutí; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago; Fundación CorpArtes Wallspace Gallery, New York and De Ateliers, Amsterdam