Artist Francisco Camacho seeks ways in which his work can exist within official social channels. His projects have been the result of long investigations and collaborations with the local context, inhabitants and lawyers to allow his discourse to be examined by other structures of society. Therefore, his projects often leave the art world to become significant in another fields and can be viewed as a form of political activism or social discourse. His practice evolves around the possibility of art to bear practical effects on the cultural background and reflects on re-defining common concepts that can lead art to change the way in which we conceive society. In New Mexico, Francisco Camacho investigated the reasons why the inhabitants of a village decided to change its name Truth or Consequences in the 50’s ; with Group Marriage, an on-going project as part of the Amsterdam Spinoza Manifestation (2009), he petitions the Dutch parliament to open civil marriage to groups of citizens who would marry each other. And more recently Entkustung de l’art, presented at the Casino of Luxembourg, was part of a collaboration with the Luxembourg Military School, local politicians from the Senate and the Minister of Culture and a hip hop band.
The aim of the project is to analyze and answer questions as :
Why is necessary to make a work of art ?
Why and how public visit art manifestations ?
And, all these questions in reference of the power that cultural politics apply to the processes of producing and consuming cultural events and artifacts, this is to say, How these politics influence Art as part of a bigger ensemble of social expressions ?
Whereas a work of art is often a private idea, when it comes from the single mind of the artist, and is produced often as an object that has a one-to-one communication based with the public, a very strong set of public politics and protocols are settled down by the public institutions and governments around the process of creating, exposing, archiving, etc. These politics controls the production and diffusion of the cultural activities, they can sponsors or discourage cultural manifestations.
The importance of culture in the social background, the art industry and market, are influenced by these politics ; often the design of these politics are made by politicians that participate little or nothing in real cultural processes, they analyze the facts from a different perspective but what they decide applies to the cultural process.