Nicolás Franco

Nicolás Franco (1973) is a Chilean mixed-media artist who, through the use of post-production and appropriation in his photographic practice, re-imagines images as things that can be incorporated into something else or even destroyed. His creative process, often based on the manipulation of historic documents and pre-existing visual files, makes strong visual reference to post-modern aesthetics developed in the 1980s. 


Lonesome Encounter with Melancholic Corpses (2011) is a photographic series documenting diverse film stills taken from dismembered cinema books, spanning from Buñuel’s first surrealist movies to class B low budget erotic films.  Successive layers of artisanal post-production modify the original material: the objects are covered with plastic, trimmed and recorded photographically from different focus points, angles and perspectives. 


This series of interventions is repeated until the original image starts to disappear, forcing open and subjective interpretations. The idea behind these processes is to mirror the complex visual signals used by the subconscious to produce dreams: interruption, displacement, superimposition, diffusion and reduction. 


A Prix Pictet Nominee in 2015, Franco has received multiple grants and awards throughout his career including the Fondart Grant from the Republic of Chile (2006, 2007, 2008). He has participated in numerous individual and group exhibitions in Switzerland, Argentina, Germany, Belgium, Spain and the United States. His work is included in some of the most important Latin American photography collections in Spain, France and the UK. Franco’s work will be exhibited in the upcoming exhibition in at the Migros Museum for Contemporary Art, Zurich, Resistance Performed – Aesthetic Strategies under Repressive Systems in Latin America (November 2015).