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Fernando Palma Rodríguez — 'There's no room for ghosts'

Get to know the Mexico-based artist exploring the connections between art, technology and nature

Today specifically if it does not have a commitment to the environment, to what we are causing, then art has really no social function. It has to be spoken from the heart and acquainted with the people you are speaking about.

Originally trained as an engineer, the artworks of Fernando Palma Rodríguez blur the boundaries between nature, technology and art. In the words of the artist, "Nature has been replaced by the transistor".

In this video, enter the artist's home and studio in Milpa Alta, formerly a separate rural community but now subsumed into the ever-expanding Mexico City. Rodríguez introduces us to his family, the Mexican landscape that is so influential to his work, and to his alter ego: the coyotl.

Research supported by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational in partnership with Hyundai Motor

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