The work of Manuel Franquelo Giner uses vernacular aesthetics to interpret culture and nature through the accelerated food manufacturing and technology industries. In addition, the topic of Identity is raised as one of his principal concerns throughout his artistic practice, by asking himself about his role as an artist to mediate between the expanding and changing meanings of nature and culture, tremendously influenced by biotechnology.
Franquelo Giner’s interest isn’t solely about registering human footprints on the planet earth, but rather about pointing different narratives or systems that render environmental issues invisible.
His series “Absent referents: Chopping Tables” represents a good example of how language has helped to perpetuate dominant culture’s oppression to animals, among other subjects. This is clearly observed in the detachment of the word meat from its original and most descriptive origin: the dead animal. Ultimately, meaning is transferred by orchestrated metaphors, as he points out.”
Installation. Epoxy resin, pigment and wood. Variable sizes.
A new work is being developed to talk about the consecuences of democratising different kinds of food for the growing lower clases.