FRAUD (Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo) (2018) EIB Institute, Photography by  Vincenzo Cardile.

FRAUD (Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo) EURO⁠—VISION (2021) Design and development: Liebermann Kiepe Reddemann.

FRAUD (2020) Glasmanufaktur HARZKRISTALL. 2&3 - FRAUD (2020) Fictions of the Primitive. Glass-blown by Torsten Rötzsch and Louise Lang. Made with conflict sand from Playa Taurito (Gran Canarias), 38 x 26 x 28 cm. Photo by Hannah Young. 4 - Cuscoy, L.D (1971) Gánigo: Estudio de la Cerámica de Tenerife. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Museo Arqueológico Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 5 - Sanchez A, & Bellón JP (2002) ‘The History of Iberian Archaeology: One Archaeology for two Spains,’ Antiquity 76:1, pp. 184-190.

FRAUD (Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo) Unclaimed Latifundium, Eat more, fish further! (2020) Video Still. Commissioned by Istanbul Design Biennial.
FRAUD (Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo) EU Policy Watchtower (2020) Powder-coated metal structure, 240x120x140cm. Commissioned by Istanbul Design Biennial.


Stanley Picker Fellows


Nutrients are not neutral. Continuing their enquiry into critical minerals, FRAUD will examine the finantialisation of waste and nutrient upcycling through the material investigation of phosphate. Phosphate rock is a finite non-manufacturable resource central to the production of industrial fertiliser, and therefore critical to food security, which is necessarily tightly embroiled with conditions of extraction.   

As fertiliser increasingly eutrophicates English rivers with the accumulation of agricultural run-off, FRAUD will tend to wastewater as well as the “historiographical invisibility” of extractive practices central to the production of industrial fertiliser and its finantialisation through phosphate credits within the nutrient mitigation scheme. With Beckton Sewage Treatment Works (operated by Thames Water) being the largest tributary of the Thames, the river itself falls under the definition of wastewater. FRAUD’s aim is to base its experiments in how this refuse is being recycled as fertiliser to create possibilities of engagement with our inseparability to this material’s commodification and its toxic effects. 

This practice inscribes itself within a desire to be attentive to re-circularity and decomposition, or to quote Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, “the breakdown and circulation of matter that rebalances generation, productivity, and excess in a finite Earth”. At the core of their  enquiry is to think materially about the ecoloninsation of phosphate upcycling, the finantialisation of its re-circulation, as well as its place in non-modern belief systems. In short, the fellowship will be devoted to phosphate’s capacity to bridge toxicity, othering and health. 

FRAUD (Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo) is a duo which develop modes of art-led enquiry that examine the extractive gaze of the management of raw materials. Through their practice, FRAUD cultivate critical spatial literacy and cosmology building. Somerset House Studios alumni, the duo, currently selected artists for Artangel’s Making Time, has also been awarded the State of Lower Saxony – HBK Braunschweig Fellowship (2020), the King’s College Cultural Institute Grant (2018), and has been commissioned by Contemporary Art Archipelago (2022), the Istanbul Design Biennial (2020), RADAR Loughborough (2020), and the Cockayne Foundation (2018). Audrey is a Senior Lecturer in the Art Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. Francisco is an architect who was awarded the Wellcome Trust People Awards (2016) and authored ‘Talking Dirty’ published by Arts Catalyst (2016). They are Lecturer in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins. The duo’s work is part of the permanent collections of the European Investment Bank Institute (LU) and the Art and Nature Center – Beulas Foundation (SP). FRAUD’s current investigations can be explored through the EURO⁠—VISION platform.