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Nicolás Franco, The Mutability of Violent Forms, 2012, Photo Collage and Monotypes on cotton paper, 65 x 50 cm.

Nicolás Franco's work includes sculptures, video, photographs and engraving. The artist uses practices of appropriation and post-production that refernce postmodern aesthetics developed in the 1980s. Franco's work largely develops from the manipulation of documents and pre-existing visual files.

During his residency at Gasworks, he will conduct research on British imagery of the 19th century , taking as his points of departure crucial episodes like the origin of photography, the Crimean War and the history of British 19th century colonization. From a formal point of view, working with a combination of photography, printing and sculpture, Franco intends to convert immaterial archival files into tangible 'bodies'. These objects are conceived as something which can be manipulated, incorporated into something else, or even assaulted and physically destroyed. 


Born in Chile in 1973, Nicolás Franco currently lives and works in Santiago, Chile. He studied in the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Complutense University of Madrid and Ateliers Amsterdam, under the tutelage of Georg Herold, Marlene Dumas, Jan Dibbets and Rita McBride, among other prominent contemporary artists.

His artistic work has been exhibited in Europe and America. Important individual exhibitions in museums include: 1920, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Chile (forthcoming in September 2013); Panoptic Fictions, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Santiago, 2011-2012); Field reports, CAV / Museo del Barro (Asunción, Paraguay, 2009) and Museo de Bellas Artes Juan Manuel Blanes (Montevideo, Uruguay, 2008).

Franco's residency is made possible through the partnership of BECA AMA and Gasworks. BECA AMA is an initiative set up to support contemporary art in Chile. Through their support of residencies, they are able to create opportunities for exchanges and connections for artists, generating an important platform for the dissemination of Chilean art worldwide