Barnaby Francis, often working under the pseudonym Bill Posters, is an artist whose work spans image-making, intervention, sculpture, video and curation. He works between Manchester, UK and Kampala, Uganda.
A former street artist, he works collectively across diverse interdisciplinary fields to interrogate contemporary forms of propaganda and their impact on justice, democracy, privacy and the environment. Since 2011 he has pioneered developments in the contemporary practice of detournement, or ‘subvertising’—short for ‘subverting advertising’. Applying detournement theory to urban—and increasingly digital contexts—his practice seeks to hack space and place to reveal power relationships and persuasion architectures that exist between corporate and state level actors and their subjects—citizens. He is a published author on the subjects of ‘subvertising,’ protest art and computational propaganda. His latest book is due for release by Laurence King in Spring 2020. He is also an international speaker and guest lecturer.
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Winner of Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities 2019 Commission, supported by Arts Council England, Site Gallery, the British Council, and MUTEK.