Pest control

As a result of increased hysteria in the reality of Pest Control, the spikes that once belonged only to the urban construction of the non-places now take over the whole city and, subsequently, the people and things within it

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”.

© Tania Franco Klein - Queue, Post office NW10 2PX

Queue, Post office NW10 2PX

© Tania Franco Klein - Morning news, Channel 9

Morning news, Channel 9

© Tania Franco Klein - Broadband, 49.22Mbps

Broadband, 49.22Mbps

© Tania Franco Klein - Parking Lot, 08014

Parking Lot, 08014

© Tania Franco Klein - Customer Service, 10166

Customer Service, 10166

© Tania Franco Klein - Room 64, 88401

Room 64, 88401

© Tania Franco Klein - Lottery Line, NW10 2TD

Lottery Line, NW10 2TD

© Tania Franco Klein - Railway, TH 332

Railway, TH 332

© Tania Franco Klein - Highway, Route 66

Highway, Route 66

© Tania Franco Klein - Front Desk, 28004

Front Desk, 28004

© Tania Franco Klein - Taxi Stand, 15620

Taxi Stand, 15620

© Tania Franco Klein - Ferry, 40.675678, -74.041334

Ferry, 40.675678, -74.041334

© Tania Franco Klein - Junction, 75012

Junction, 75012

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