In the 1990s French sociologist Marc Augé coined the concept of the “non-place” to define spaces lacking in identity where communication occurred more artificially. They were spaces such as hotels, airports or restaurants that, due to their transitory or ephemeral state, could not be regarded as “places”. With this idea as the point of departure and using collective fear and hysteria in a satirical fashion, the author created a fictional representation of a city plagued by pigeon-repellent spikes. With this metaphor Franco Klein takes us to the fractured relations of contemporaneity and the repulsion inspired by the media towards anything that seems different in terms of ideology, ethnic origin, religion or any other factor that might threaten our “peaceful” way of life. Pest Control sets out to reflect the loneliness and contradictions that make up the common backdrop to our times as part of the society of spectacle and successfully represents, through her visual approach, the surrealist relation (or lack of it) that governs individuals, public spaces and these “non-places”.
Franco is a Mexican photographer born in 1990. Her photographic career started while studying her BA Architecture in Mexico which took her to pursue her Masters in Photography at the University of the Arts London. Her work is highly influenced by her fascination with social behavior and contemporary practices such as leisure or consumption. Her series Our Life in the Shadows has obtained important awards in the Sony Photography Awards in 2017 and was a finalist in prestigious awards including LensCulture Exposure Award. She has been shown in London, Budapest, New York, Mexico and Los Angeles. Her work has been published in prestigious media including Fisheye Magazine, Aperture Foundation and British Journal of Photography.