GEOGRAPHIE UMANE - group exhibition in Cagliari

International Contemporary Art from a private collection, curated by Simona Campus in collaboration with Antonio Manca, produced and organised by Consorzio Camù Centri d’Arte e Musei

25th February - 20th May 2018

Consorzio Camu'
via San Lucifero 71
09124 Cagliari, Italy

www.exmacagliari.com
www.camuweb.it

Artists: Franko B, Matteo Basilé, Joseph Beuys, Daniele Buetti, Franco Fontana, Luigi Ghirri, Mario Giacomelli, Robert Gligorov, Tilman Hornig, Urs Lüthi, Emanuele Magri, Francis Naranjo, Paolo Navale, Hermann Nitsch, Erwin Olaf, ORLAN, Lucy+Jorge Orta, Odinea Pamici, Panamarenko, Roberto Pugliese, Tamara Repetto, Franck Scurti, Lamberto Teotino.




BOOK LAUNCH - BECAUSE OF LOVE: Franko B's Story

14th February 2018, 19:00
Live Art Development Agency, The Garrett Centre, 117A Mansford Street, London E2 6LX
Tickets: Free (RSVP)

‘I wanted to tell my story, or more like try to make sense of what my story was, or what I thought it was.’ Franko B

Franko B is an extraordinary, internationally acclaimed artist who has been making drawings, installations, sculptures, and performances for over 30 years. Because of Love tells the story of his childhood in Italy in an orphanage and at the hands of his abusive family, his journey to London as a young man, his return to Italy many years later as an accomplished artist, and, in between, the story of his life and loves and his becoming an artist.

Please join us for a special Valentine’s Day event to mark the launch of the publication and to celebrate Franko’s birthday. The evening will feature contributions from Franko B, Marcia Farquhar and Dominic Johnson. Drinks and cake will be served.

http://thisisliveart.co.uk/whats-on/because-of-love-franko-bs-story-book-launch/



BECAUSE OF LOVE: Franko B's Story


BECAUSE OF LOVE: Franko B's Story will be released on 14th February 2018.

Available to pre-order from Unbound >

Written by Franko B, edited by Lois Keidan and Megan Vaughan, with a preface by Tim Etchells, designed by David Caines, illustrated by Giuditta Fullone.

ISBN: 978-0-9935611-5-3 Published by Live Art Development Agency, 2018 164 pages, paperback with colour illustrations throughout
“Franko B’s was a painful, unavoidably compromised childhood - a tale in which the calm and quiet features of a family have fled, and he is dropped into a future that he had to forge for himself. Stolen from a conventional destiny, his body rises to become a glorious body - a body of art. It is also an eternal body, since there is a bond between the physical body and the art body. This is the condition of his freedom”.
 - Francesca Alfano Miglietti (FAM), curator, writer, art historian

I'M THINKING OF YOU - performance in Sopot


Franko B will perform I'M THINKING OF YOU at
Państwowa Galeria Sztuki, Sopot, Poland on 12th January 2017.

(part of 'Bipolar VI International Meeting of Performers in Sopot')

More information here >









I'M THINKING OF YOU - performance in Vienna


Franko B will perform I'M THINKING OF YOU at Tanzquartier Wien Centre for Contemporary Choreography and Performance on 25th January 2017.

More information here >

'Supported by music from composer Helen Ottaway, Franko B creates a surreal dream setting in the performance I’m Thinking of You. While the naked body plays a central role as in all the Italian choreographer’s performances, in this piece it is also the theatrical presentation of objects and music that takes the audience on a contemplative journey. I’m Thinking of You conceives a romantic utopia of child-like imagination and carefreeness. A toy from Franko B’s childhood served as inspiration for this piece, and he has turned it into a sculpture for the performance.'



MILK & BLOOD - performance in London


Franko B will perform MILK & BLOOD for the final time on 16th March 2018 at Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6AB

More information and tickets here >

Appropriating the aesthetics of boxing, Milk + Blood is an exercise in mental and physical endurance. Exploring themes of pain, eroticism, revulsion, ecstasy and masculinity, the performance becomes a metaphor for social struggle and resilience.

Using the democratic tool of his own body, this performance touches on the personal, political and poetic, as Franko revisits themes of his previous work. 

Milk will bleed.


FRANKO B CERAMICS OPEN STUDIO SALE



FRANKO B CERAMICS OPEN STUDIO SALE - See new Franko B works in ceramics. Limited edition series of objects / sculpture available to buy at affordable prices.

12th December 2017, 3:00 - 9:00 pm

Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6AB


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HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS! - video



HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS! - an exhibition of works from the a/political collection curated by Franko B at Rua Red, Dublin, 7th October - 2nd December 2017. www.ruared.ie

Video by Nathaniel Walters


BECAUSE OF LOVE: A FILM ABOUT FRANKO B - screening in Turin



BECAUSE OF LOVE: A Film About Franko B by Nathaniel Walters

Screening at Comodo64, Via Bologna 92A, Torino - 3rd November 2017

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HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR FAMILY, THE CHURCH AND THE STATE - workshop in Dublin

15 Nov - 17 Nov 2017
Rua Red, Dublin

How to survive your family, the church and the state and make the work that matters to you.

A workshop with artist and curator Franko B.

Join the artist and curator of the exhibition HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS! for an energetic and dynamic workshop. Over the three days you will go through various exercises with Franko B. This workshop offers an insight to Franko’s practice and exposes you to an existing contemporary art practice. Franko B’s practice spans drawing, installation, performance and sculpture. Over the years he has built up a diverse and sizable body of work and has gained international acclaim for his contribution to contemporary art.

If you would like to book a place on this workshop email no more than 20 words an explanation on why you would like to take part to Lorna at lkavanagh@ruared.ie. Deadline: 31 Oct 2017

http://www.ruared.ie/whats-on/event/the-personal-the-political-and-the-poetic


EAT SHIT FUCK DIE - limited edition jewellery range


EAT SHIT FUCK DIE - a limited edition unisex jewellery range designed by Franko B in collaboration with jewellery maker Mayu Iwakami (iLiLiP).

Chain: Stainless steel Cuban link chain (edition of 50). Laser engraved 'EAT SHIT FUCK DIE' on four 2mm thick dog tags, joined with a chunky stainless steel chain with a big pair lobster clasp. Can be worn as a necklace or a trouser chain.

Cross Ring: Heavyweight signet ring (edition of 50). Engraved 'EAT SHIT FUCK DIE' with a small cross in the middle. 25 gram silver 925.

Skull Ring: Heavyweight signet ring (edition of 50). Engraved 'EAT SHIT FUCK DIE' with a small skull in the middle. 25 gram silver 925.


HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS! - trailer



HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS!
An exhibition of works from the a/political collection curated by Franko B at Rua Red, Dublin.
7th October - 2nd December 2017

ruared.ie/event/how-to-say-it-the-way-it-is/all



HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS! - publicity materials


HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS
Selected works from the a/political collection curated by Franko B

7th October - 2nd November 2017, Rua Red, Dublin
http://ruared.ie/event/how-to-say-it-the-way-it-is/all

Artists: Franko B, Petr Davydtchenko, Democracia, Kendell Geers, Leon Golub, John Heartfield, IRWIN, Peter Kennard, kennardphillips, Barbara Kruger, Oleg Kulik, Andrei Molodkin, Gustav Metzger, Shirin Neshat, Arsen Savadov, Andres Serrano, Santiago Sierra, Ai Weiwei



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HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS! - press article


Truncheons, pistols and KKK to feature in ‘socio-political’ show organised by Franko B

(article by Gareth Harris for The Art Newspaper, August 2017 >)

Performance artist's Dublin exhibition will include works by Santiago Sierra, Shirin Neshat and Andres Serrano

"A selection of works commissioned and collected by a/political—a London-based non-profit that collaborates with “socio-political” artists—will go on show this autumn in an exhibition in Ireland. The exhibition, titled How to Say It the Way It Is!, is due to open at the Rua Red gallery in south Dublin (7 October-2 December) […>]"


Full article: http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/truncheons-pistols-and-kkk-to-feature-in-socio-political-show-organised-by-franko-b/


HOW TO SAY IT THE WAY IT IS!

An exhibition of works from the a/political collection curated by Franko B.

Rua Red, Dublin

Opens 7th October 2017

Exhibition continues until 2nd December 2017

More details coming soon

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BLOOD COUNTS - screening programme


LADA is curating Blood Counts, a programme of events exploring blood in performance for BLOOD: Life Uncut, a season of work for the new Science Gallery, London.

Looking at blood as a signifier of identity and being, as a marker of fragility and illness, as a form of protest and resistance, as a manifestation of bodily functions, and as a test of the limits of the body, Blood Counts includes an evening of presentations, provocations and discussions around the aesthetics, ethics, biomedical and cultural contexts of blood and performance at Guy's Chapel, Kings College, and a screening of short films and documentation of key performance works involving blood at the Copeland Gallery in Peckham.

Friday 13 October at 7pm Guy's Chapel
The evening includes a keynote presentation on blood in art by Dr Dominic Johnson, a performance of Passion/Flower by Ernst Fischer & Nicola Hunter, and contributions from the artists Marisa Carnesky and jamie lewis hadley.

Saturday 14 October at 7pm Copeland Gallery
The screening programme includes short films and documentation of performance works by Franko B, Marisa Carnesky, Ron Athey, Kira O'Reilly, Regina Jose Galindo, La Ribot, Martin O'Brien, jamie lewis hadley, Ernst Fischer & Nicola Hunter, and Rocio Boliver.

More information / tickets: thisisliveart.co.uk/whats-on/blood-counts/