Felipe de Ávila Franco (1982) is a Brazilian visual artist radicated in Finland since 2013. His artistic approach is conducted through the lens of biopolitics and environmental aesthetics, exploring the boundaries between sculpture and other mediums. His works incorporate industrial residues and other materials such as constructive debris, petrochemical derivatives, and contaminated soil collected from regions of large-scale industrial activity or where environmental disasters have been reported. Through the combination of traditional and experimental techniques, these materials are transfigured into sculptures, ceramic series, video projections, and installations, besides electromechanical systems and other interventions.
Grounded on concepts of materiality, his work is dedicated to translating the industrial dystopia of our current times casting sculpture as a practice that can materialize temporalities and dimensions and reflect on the encounter between the scales of the human, the nonhuman, and the planet. His artistic process addresses art as a tool to awake new perspectives of knowledge, establishing interdisciplinary links between humanities and natural sciences. Throwing a critical look over the environmental emergency, his works aim at evoking art as a mechanism to activate a deeper discussion on the conflicting relationship between human society and nature, highlighting those as interdependent entities.
Currently, the artist works based in Finland and develops his work between Latin America and Europe. His works integrate distinct collections such as the Museum of Brazilian Art, in São Paulo, and the Finnish National Gallery Kiasma, in Helsinki.