MATILDA, 2014 (Artefact reproduction, 2016)

© Alicia Framis, Matilda, 2014, duif, fototoestel, kleden, 30 x 25 x 25 cm. Courtesy van de kunstenaar en Barbara Gross Gallery, Munich

MATILDA, 2014 (Artefact reproduction, 2016)

Alicia Framis

Matilda is a taxidermied pigeon, suited with a video camera. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, homing pigeons were already extensively used for delivering mail, which proved to be especially useful during war times to transport sensitive telegrams from one place to another. Notwithstanding the fact that the use of pigeon photography never became very extensive, it can be argued that these pigeons equipped with cameras were the historical predecessors of contemporary drones. Besides actually being used in military contexts as a means of surveillance and collecting intelligence, they were indeed unmanned aerial instruments, which might have had a different historical importance if it wasn’t for the quick and strong progress in the field of aviation.


Alicia Framis (ES)
°1967, Barcelona

Alicia Framis is a Spanish artist, living and working in Amsterdam and Barcelona. As a multidisciplinary artist, she readily mixes architecture, design and fashion in her performances and projects which explore the details of contemporary life in an urban setting. She emphasises social dilemmas in her work to provoke her audience to interact. Alicia Framis studied at the Barcelona University and the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris. She also completed her masters at the Institut d'Hautes Etudes, Paris and at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. She is represented by Annet Gelink Gallery.

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