ABOUT

Nina Franco is a visual artist and activist born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. Over the last 7 years, she made her journey to different countries and nowadays she lives and work in London. Nina’s art leads us to look deeply into contemporary socio-political conflicts.
She has had two solo exhibitions presenting her main series – ‘Soul Black’ in Brazil and ‘Leave me shout in Ireland, as well as several group shows in Brazil, Ireland, Greece, and U.K.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I have been exploring political issues in my work as a way to reflect on my own experience and upbringing as an afro-latina. It then quickly progresses to exploring the overall idea of colonization.
I work with photographs, text and objects, experimenting with materials and subjects to tell our stories through a black woman gaze.
This year (2019) I did my first performance and I want to continue this practice in conjunction with my photographs and installations.
In addition to making art, I feature others black and latinx artists on my online art platform Afroar-te.
I am a founding member of the Tria Press and Art director for FabUK magazine.

C.V

Nina Franco. Born 1988 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lives and works in London, UK.
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Education

2019 –  BA History (Present), Unigran University
2007 –  Polytechnic Graduation, Photography, University Estacio de Sá, Rio de Janeiro

Solo Exhibitions

2015 – Soul Black, Sesc Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 – Leave me shout, Avenue Road Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 – Hybrid Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
2018 – The Defiant, George Padmore Institute, UK
2018 – Cold Cases, Old Police Cell Museum, Brighton Photo Fringe, U.K
2015 – Muros, Webster Cultural Center, Athens
2014 – Peri-phery, Fokianou gallery, Athens
2014 – Lea Festival, Poems & Crimes Bar Gallery, Athens
2014 – DES-Exhibition, Booze Cooperativa Gallery, Athens
2014 – Surprise V, For support the homeless of Athens, ArtAZ gallery – Athens
2013 – Histórias contadas por elas. At Sesc Nova Iguaçu – Rio de Janeiro
2013 – Histórias contadas por elas. At Sesc Barra – Rio de Janeiro
2013 – Cheapart exhibition. At Halandri and Exarchia – Athens
2012 – Group show, Avenue Road Gallery – Dublin
2012 – Painting Ladies, Chocolate Factory Gallery – Dublin
2012 – Group Show, La Catedral Studios – Dublin

Courses

2015 – PR for artists, Brigitte Lyons & Megan Auman.
2015 – Creative Entrepreneurs, Rafaela Capai.
2013 – Portfolio Development & Edition in contemporary photography – Joanna Vasdeki, Athens(GR);
2013 – Salted Paper & Gum Bichromate, Coletivo Filé de Peixe – Rio de Janeiro
2011 – Professional Image Retouching Adobe Photoshop, School of Marketing – ESPM, Rio de Janeiro.