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Porvoon Arthall - Finland

September / October 2023

The exhibition investigates matters pertaining to the various manifestations of the energy concept. Through experimental approaches, projections of light onto reflective surfaces, and arrangements incorporating fossil fuel residues and electromechanical systems, the artworks transmute the phenomenological hues of notions of energy. The works navigate the conceptual subjectivity of this notion, serving as a pivotal element for speculating on energy as a substance that not only inhabits but also connects the realms of reality, fiction, and spiritual.

The realization of this exhibition was supported by Svenska Kulturfonden and Arts Promotion Centre Finland TAIKE. Special thanks for the collaboration and support of Innobrand Oy. 

Photos: Leandro Lefa @llefa / Felipe de Ávila Franco

Photos: © HAM / Kirsi Halkola / Felipe de Ávila Franco

HAM - Helsinki Art Museum - Finland

October / November 2021
Through the contrast of concepts such as degradation, development, and ancestrality, the exhibition suggests an encounter among modern and rudimentary technologies and a clash between scientific perspectives and the ancient and grounded ‘cosmovision’ to mitigate this fearful, disturbed, and impersonal corporeity of the so absent contexts of the present, in the attempt to avoid or at least to postpone the end.

The title of the show is inspired from the book "Ideas to Postpone the End of the World", by Ailton Krenak, a Brazilian indigenous leader, writer, activist. The exhibition invites reflections concerning the intrinsic relations between the degradation of ecosystems caused by modern large-scale industrial processes and the long history of exploitation of natural resources, invasion of territories, and the extermination of populations and cultures produced by the still ongoing colonization processes around the world, including in South America, where the artist comes from.

The realization of this exhibition was supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, and the Brazilian Embassy in Helsinki.

Video documentation here.

Third Space Gallery - Helsinki, Finland
October 2018

The exhibition Residue Resides comprises works produced over varied mediums such as sculpture, installation, photography and video developed through an extensive research approaching the biggest environmental disaster ever registered in Brazilian history. In November 2015 an iron ore tailings dam suffered a catastrophic failure in a Brazilian countryside area, spilling 60 million m3 of iron waste residue in the environment. It destroyed local villages and compromised the water supply of larger cities along the 700 Km of the Doce River, which was destroyed by the mudflows before they reached the Atlantic ocean 17 days later.

The works presented in this exhibition explore different aspects of the residue and its incorporation into artistic process over varied mediums such as sculpture, video installation and photography, discussing also how the environmental crisis of our times manifests a parallel of a material and a immaterial dystopia.

The realization of this exhibition was supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland - Taike.


Felipe de Ávila Franco's work has been already displayed in South America, Europe, Asia and in the United States. His works integrate distinguished collections such as the Museum of Brazilian Art FAAP, in São Paulo, the Helsinki Arts Museum HAM, and the Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, in Helsinki, Finland.

Photos: Leandro Lefa @llefa / Felipe de Ávila Franco

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