THE HOUSE ON THE LAKE - solo show at the Italian Cultural Institute, London



The house on the lake _ Franko B’s solo
show curated by Lavinia Filippi
14 June – 28 September 2018
39, Belgrave Square - London SW1X 8NX
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The works exhibited in the project room of the ICI in London have been produced recently and include a series of drawings, stitched treads on paper, and a number of sculptures in ceramic. Franko B’s practice is about his experiences and about the world we live in. He works with images that for some reasons got impressed in his mind. They often come from his personal memories or from the news and social media.

The bleeding heart, the simplified shape of a house and the red cross are recurrent symbols in Franko’s practice, they tell about his childhood in an orphanage run by the Italian Red Cross, about his quest for love and stability, and about his passion for art and for life. The series of Lost boys are small size human-shaped ceramics that reflect on human condition and diversity; and explore the possibility of creating alternative communities.


A MONUMENT - solo exhibition in Belgrade


Franko B: A Monument
Opens 8th June 2018
Exhibition continues until 8th August 2018

Eugster || Belgrade
Eugster Association Viline Voda BB (Objekat 5/3)
11060 Belgrade

www.eugster-belgrade.com/

Franko B’s work is about control, regardless of form and genre; control over one’s body and over one’s own life, against labels and rules that corrupt or commodify freedom. In a special series of work deploying flags and monuments, Franko B transfigures this concept into a narrative, reflecting on political constellations, institutions and powerholders that penetrate human lives, our behavior, our reality, our vulnerability and sexuality.


TIME / PROCESS - group exhibition in London



TIME / PROCESS - opens 26th May, 6-9pm, 139 Artspace, 139 Greenwich South Street, London.

Exhibition continues until 27th July 2018.

Marco Ciuffetta, Maria Claudia Farina, Franko B, Sara Ciuffetta


BECAUSE OF LOVE - book launch at the Italian Cultural Institute, London



Because of Love: Franko B's Story

Book Launch at the Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX

25th May 2018, 19:00 - 20:30

Includes a conversation between Franko B and Lois Keidan, moderated by Lavinia Filippi

More information and tickets here >

Because of Love is edited by Lois Keidan and Megan Vaughan, with a preface by Tim Etchells, designed by David Caines, illustrated by Giuditta Fullone, and published by Live Art Development Agency, 2018.



FRANKO B SHOP

A selection of artworks, including ceramics and stitched drawings on paper available to buy directly from Franko B.

Visit shop.franko-b.com

For sales enquiries, contact sales@franko-b.com









YOUNG AT HEART | OLD ON THE SKIN - a workshop with Franko B


YOUNG AT HEART | OLD ON THE SKIN
A JOURNEY THROUGH THE PERSONAL, THE POLITICAL AND THE POETIC
A WORKSHOP WITH FRANKO B

Applications now open. 
Deadline 24th June 2018

Subject
_International call for residence and summer workshops on Performance Art.
Location_Trevi (PG), Italy
Date_from 8 to 15 of september 2018
Teacher_Franko B.
Curated by_Maurizio Coccia
Coordination of Teaching_Mara Predicatori

Description_The project aims to bring together the radical performative experience of the renowned international artist Franko B within the habitat of Trevi. We envisage a new meeting place for developing themes and personal techniques. The rural setting and the bucolic ambience will be the setting for an extremely rigorous training programme based on strong methodological soundness. 

Residence
 • Hospitality (food and lodging) for 7 days;
 • Minimum number of participants to hold the workshop: 10 young artists or Visual Arts students, architects, curators, up to a maximum of 15.
 • Board in rustic building with panoramic views of the Umbrian Valley. Dormitory accommodation .
 • Workplace: Trevi and surroundings.

Applications_Candidates must send their application (consisting of their CV, a portfolio of 5 images of their recent work (or a link to a short video), and a text of no more than 150 words about why they want to participate in the workshop) to the following e-mail addresses: frankobartist@yahoo.co.uk; info@palazzolucarini.it

Deadline_The deadline for submission of applications is set for 24/06/2018.

Cost_The full cost of the workshop is to 380.00 € per person. Included are registration fees and material for the workshop, hospitality and meals.

Info_PALAZZO LUCARINI CONTEMPORARY Via B. P. Riccardi, 11 06039 Trevi, Italy info@palazzolucarini.it info@officinedellumbria.it

Participation in the workshop includes authorisation for full use by the organisation of all graphics, audio, video and photographic materials produced during the course, for all future publications,(paper and/or digital).


BECAUSE OF LOVE: FRANKO B's STORY - book launch audio and photos

Franko B's Autobiography, BECAUSE OF LOVE was launched at an event at The Live Art Development Agency, London on Valentine’s Day 2018 (14th February) with contributions from Marcia Farquhar, Anna Thew and Dominic Johnson. Listen to the audio from the launch here:



View photo gallery from the event here >


Because of Love is edited by Lois Keidan and Megan Vaughan, with a preface by Tim Etchells, designed by David Caines, illustrated by Giuditta Fullone, and published by Live Art Development Agency, 2018.

For more information and to order the book, visit
https://www.thisisunbound.co.uk/products/because-of-love-franko-b-s-story


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