One bookshop on top of another one, House of Fun on top of House of Foundation. Francesc Ruiz defines his installation by parasiting a space and offering a radical exercise of freedom of speech; his alternative porn, specialized comic bookshop explores radical fetishes and sexual imagery testing the power of drawing and cartoons to imagine new bodies and new desires. The bookshop becomes a space for subcultural encounters, a safe space to explore and share new ideas, testing the limits of representation.

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Francesc Ruiz (b. 1971, Barcelona, Spain) Lives and works in Barcelona.

Francesc Ruiz builds from the comic book as aesthetic, narrative, and intellectual substrate, and as historical and operational material. Reality is produced, changed, reconstituted, and assembled in his comic books, generating stories that potentially reveal the apparatuses through which individual, social, urban, and sexual identities are constructed.

His work has been exhibited at OSLO PILOT, GIBCA 2017 (Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sweden), Spanish Pavillion at 2015 Venice Biennale, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, IVAM (Valencia), MACBA (Barcelona), Gasworks (London), Contemporary Image Collective (Cairo), FRAC Corse, and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, MNCARS (Madrid) among other places.

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All photos: Vegard KIeven © Punkt Ø