Franca Lopez Barbera

Lopez Barbera Franca

I am an Argentinian designer and researcher based in Berlin. In my work, I draw from local stories and scientific discourses to unpack and critically address the structures of power that both configure and are configured by design, particularly at the intersection of nature, coloniality, gender, and ethics. I have been a doctoral candidate at GTAS since 2022, where I examine the introduction of consent in design-nature relations against extractive regimes.

Before this, I studied Industrial Design at FADU-University of Buenos Aires, and I did a Master of Science in Design Research at the Anhalt University in collaboration with the Bauhaus-Dessau Foundation and the Humboldt University Berlin. I have experience in several forms of design, working with various design practices, art studios, non-profits, and academic institutions. In 2021, I curated Monte Abierto, the Argentinian pavilion for the London Design Biennale, and I am a member of Futuress, a feminist platform for design politics.