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 Francesc Ruiz, Philadelphia Newsstand (2010). Magazines, journals and news stand, 350 x 170 x 250 cm

Francesc Ruiz, Philadelphia Newsstand (2010). Magazines, journals and news stand, 350 x 170 x 250 cm

Francesc Ruiz, Doméstico (2008), Digital print, variable dimensions

Francesc Ruiz, The Funhouse (Ljubljana, Slovenia) (2009). Photocopy glued on wall, variable dimensions

Francesc Ruiz, BCN EYE TRIP (Nou Barris) (2008). Digital print on photographic paper, 100 x 70 cm

Francesc Ruiz, Cómics de la Revolución (2009). Offset print. Photographer: Jordi V. Pou

Francesc Ruiz was born in Barcelona where he lives and works. His residency will lead to a solo exhibition at Gasworks and will continue until the end of his exhibition.

Francesc Ruiz is interested in exploring urban subcultures, often through comics, to build narratives that weave his personal experiences into the the social dynamics around him. During his residency Ruiz will develop the project provisionally titled Vauxhall Yaoi to create a fictional narrative that takes as a starting point the gay scene in the Vauxhall area, where Gasworks is situated.Yaoi is a comic genre often translated to "boy's love", refering to a type of homoerotic comic produced and consumed by women.Vauxhall Yaoi will push the genre by including heterogeneous narratives such as the graphic language of sexual education books as well as billboards and other local advertising in order to create a subjective map of the area and to reveal its collective unconscious.

Francesc Ruiz residency and subsequent exhibition have been made possible thanks to the support of Seacex and the Fundación Marcelino Botín.

Francesc Ruiz recent solo exhibitions include Big Boom,Centre d'Art la Panera, Lleida (2009); Bcn Eye Trip,Galeria Estrany-de la Mota, Barcelona (2008); La Visita Guiada / The Guided Tour, MNCARS, Monasterio de Santo Domingo de Silos, Burgos (2008); and Game Over Expanded, Maribel López Gallery. Berlín (2007). His work has been part of numerous exhibitions internationally including The Last Post. The Last Newspaper', New Museum, New York (2010); El mal d’escriptura,MACBA, Barcelona (2010); The Graphic Unconscious. Philagrafika,Temple Gallery, Philadelphia (2010); Sequelism: Episode 3: Possible, Probable or Preferable Futures, Arnolfini, Bristol (2009); and 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana (2009).