Lucas Artists Fellow

  • RESIDENCY DATES : Sep 1st 2011 to Sep 29th 2011
  • FROM : USA

Amy Franceschini was born in 1970 in Patterson, California.  She received her BFA in Photography from San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California and her MFA from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. She has taught at in the visual arts graduate programs at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and at Stanford University.

Franceschini is an artist and designer who creates work that facilitates encounter, exchange and tactile forms of inquiry by calling into question the "certainties" of a given time or place where a work is situated. An overarching theme in her work is a perceived conflict between "humans" and "nature". Her projects reveal the history and currents of contradictions related to this divide by challenging systems of exchange and the tools we use to "hunt" and "gather". Using this as a starting point, she provides new tools for an audience to gain insight into deeper fields of inquiry; not only to imagine, but also to participate in and initiate change in the places we live. 

In 1995, Franceschini founded Futurefarmers, an international collective of artists, activists, researchers, farmers and architects who work together to propose alternatives to the social, political and environmental organization of space. Founded in 1995, their design studio serves as a platform to support art projects, an artist in residence program and their research interests. Futurefarmers use various media to deconstruct systems to visualize and understand their intrinsic logics; food systems, public transportation, education. Through this disassembly they find new narratives and reconfigurations that form alternatives to the principles that once dominated these systems. They have created temporary schools, books, bus tours, and large-scale exhibitions internationally.

Franceschini 's solo and collaborative work have been exhibited internationally at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Hall of Sciences, New York, New York; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Franceschini is a 2009 Guggenheim fellow and has received grants from the Cultural Innovation Fund, Creative Work Fund and the Graham Foundation.