SLEEPING BEAUTY - showing at the Freud Museum

10 May 2017 - 16 July 2017
Franko B Sleeping Beauty 

Plus: 16th May, 18:45
Franko B in Conversation with Sarah Wilson

The Freud Museum is delighted to announce the exhibition of a new sculpture, Sleeping Beauty, by internationally renowned contemporary artist Franko B, coinciding with Refugee Week 2017 and our latest exhibition, The Best Possible School: Anna Freud, Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham and the Hietzing School in 1920s Vienna. The Museum will also display pieces from Franko B’s series Still Life, in which the artist documented homelessness on the streets of London between 1999 and 2002. The photographs reflect upon the lives of the most vulnerable in our society and reference Franko B’s personal biography.

 Sleeping Beauty is a sculpture of a deceased refugee child, presumed to be from Syria, hand carved in marble using traditional methods in the style of Baroque sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Like Bernini, Franko B's practice is engaged with an aesthetic dialogue between the sacred and profane. However, in Franko B’s latest sculpture, the sacred is found in the figure of the child rendered eternally in marble and the profane within ourselves, our leaders, our states and institutions - crystallised in our collective failure to address the worst human crisis since the Second World War.

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FRANKO B: interview


- Franko B interviewed by Penzo & Fiore at Venice International Performance Art Week (December 2016) for (published 31st March 2017)

MILK & BLOOD - interview from Backlit, Nottingham

Interview / documentation of Franko B's performance, MILK & BLOOD at Backlit, Nottingham on 10th March 2017.
A film by Timothy Chesney.

THE GOLDEN AGE - currently showing in Spoleto

The Golden Age (2007)
series of paintings by Franko B
acrylic on canvas, 150x180cm (x10)

Currently showing at CORTESIE PER GLI OSPITI - Group exhibition curated by Luigi De Ambrogi at  Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, Spoleto (Perugia), Italy until 2nd May 2017.


OUCH - PAIN AND PERFORMANCE - screening in Ljubljana


Wed Mar 15 2017, 07:00 pm
Aksioma, Komenskega 18, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Screening programme curated by Live Art Development Agency, London with an introduction by Dr. Dominic Johnson, Reader in Performance and Visual Culture in the School of English and Drama, at Queen Mary, University of London.

Ouch is a collection of documentation and artists’ films looking at pain and performance – both the pain artists cause themselves within the course of their work, whether intentional or not, and the experiences of audiences as they are invited to inflict pain on artists or are subjected to pain and discomfort themselves. 

The selected works feature eminent and ground breaking artists from around the world: Marina Abramović, ORLAN, Oleg Kulik, Ron Athey, Franko B, Antunez Roca, Heather Cassils, Bob Flanagan, Wafaa Bilal, Rocio Boliver, Petr Pavlensky, Martin O’Brien, Regina Jose Galindo, Ernst Fisher & Nicola Hunter, Kira O’Reilly, jamie lewis hadley.

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CORTESIE PER GLI OSPITI - group exhibition

Un Gallerista la sua Visione
Un Progetto Espositivo
Giampaolo Abbondio
Galleria Pack

Group exhibition curated by Luigi De Ambrogi

4th March - 12th May 2017

Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, Spoleto (Perugia), Italy

Admission €6.50 / €4.00

Artists: Matteo Basilé, Peter Belyi, Simone Bergantini, Edo Bertoglio, Yannis Bournias, Marìa Magdalena Campos-Pons, Pablo Candiloro, Ofri Cnaani, Gianni Colosimo, Nicola Di Caprio, Alberto Di Fabio, Franko B, Robert Gligorov, Fathi Hassan, Debora Hirsch, Zhang Huan, Oleg Kulik, Miltos Manetas, Masbedo, Jason Middlebrook, Bartolomeo Migliore, Andrei Molodkin, Marco Neri, Marina Paris, Giuseppe Pietroniro, Andres Serrano, Robert W. O. Stone, Wainer Vaccari.

OPEN CALL: DEATH & ROMANCE 2017 - a workshop with Franko B

image: from Death & Romance (2016)
Franko B's workshop, DEATH & ROMANCE returns to Trevi for its second edition in Summer 2017.

DEATH & ROMANCE 2017: A journey through the personal, political and poetic: A workshop with Franko B

International workshop in performance art presented by Palazzo Lucarini Contemprary - Centre for Contemporary Art (Trevi), directed by Maurizio Coccia, co-ordinated by Mara Predicatori.

Location: Trevi (PG), Italy
Date: 23rd August - 2nd September 2017

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. At the end of the course, participants will present publicly the results of the workshop within the Centre of Contemporaray Art “Palazzo Lucarini”. The materials produced during the workshop will be on display until october 1.

Minimum number of participants: 16
Maximum: 20

Residence: food and lodging for 10 days is provided. Board in rustic building with panoramic views of the Umbrian Valley. Dormitory accommodation.

Applications: Candidates must send their application, comprising their CV, a personal statement about why they want to participate in the workshop (up to 150 words), and a portfolio of 4-6 images and/or links to 1-2 short videos of their recent works to and

Deadline for applications: 21st May 2017.

Cost: €650 per person. Includes registration fees, materials, accommodation and meals.

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).

MILK & BLOOD - performance in Nottingham

Franko B will perform MILK & BLOOD at Backlit Gallery, Nottingham on Friday 10th March 2017, 19:30.

For more information about the performance, see

Plus: Breakfast with Franko B - Join Franko B and the teams from Backlit and Dance4 for breakfast to discuss Franko's work and the challenges of making and presenting performance work in the 21st century - Saturday 11th March, 10:00-11:30 am, Backlit Gallery, Alfred House, Nottingham.


Group exhibition curated by Adalberto Abbate and Luisa Montaperto

26th December 2016 - 26th February 2017

Oratorio di San Mercurio, Palermo
Vicolo San Giovanni degli Eremiti

Artists: Joseba Eskubi, Mario Consiglio, Stefano Canto, Franko B, Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio, Thomas Braida, Luca Pancrazzi, Jota Castro, Sandro Mele, Cipri e Maresco, Greta Frau, Fabio Sgroi, Caterina Silva, Loris Cecchini, Calixto Ramirez, Francesco Lauretta


After seven and a half years, Franko B has left his position teaching sculpture at l'Accademia di Belle Arti di Macerata, and has now been appointed Professor of Sculpture at Accademia Albertina de Belle Arti di Torino.

INSIGNIFICANT - exhibition in Leeds


Opening 30th November 2016

130 Vicar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6QA

Exhibition presented by East Street Arts, Live Art Bistro and Leeds Beckett University (co-inciding with the presentation of Franko's latest performance, MILK & BLOOD on the 1st December).

'At the exhibition launch of Insignificant, viewers are invited the see the link between Franko's visual and performance works. See the mind behind the madness in his neon and canvas works.'

A series of limited edition T'shirts based on designs by Franko B will be on sale at the exhibition launch, screen printed in house by Leeds Print Workshop.

Exhibition continues until January 2017.

BECAUSE OF LOVE - a film about Franko B - screenings

Franko B will present a rough cut of BECAUSE OF LOVE - a film about Franko B by Nathaniel Walters at Palazzo Lucarini Contemporary, Trevi (Perugia), Italy on 10th December 2016, 18:00.

The film will also be screened at The Live Art Development Agency, London on the 29th November 2016, and at Venice International Performance Art Week on 12th December 2016.

FRANKO B - series of events in Leeds

Franko B will present a series of events in Leeds this Autumn:

Exhibition: INSIGNIFICANT, opening 30th November 2016, 130 Vicar Lane, LS2 7NL

Performance: MILK & BLOOD, 1st December 2016, Patrick Studios, St Mary's Lane, LS9 7EH

Plus: artist talk and after party (with Franko B DJ), 1st December 2016

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STITCHED HEART 2 - reviews

• Franko B da Marras: Le Nostre Cicatrici matafore della vita -  Review by Paolo Curreli for La Nuova Sardegna, 13th November 2016  -

• Un Filo Rosso (sangue) nel breviario di Franko B - Raffaella Venturi for l'Unione Sarda, 15th September 2016 -

Franko B: STITCHED HEART 2 - Exhibition curated by Francesca Alfano Miglietti (FAM) - 13th November 2016 - 13th January 2017 - Boutique Antonio Marras, Piazza Civica 12A, Alghero, Sardinia


The 3rd VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK Fragile Body - Material Body Palazzo Mora, Strada Nova, 3659, Venice, Italy 10 - 17 December 2016 OPENING: Saturday, 10 December 2016, 18:00 - ADMISSION FREE -

ARTISTS OF HONOUR: Marilyn Arsem, Marcel·lí Antúnez Roca, Janusz Bałdyga, Giovanni Fontana, Franko B, Antonio Manuel, ORLAN, Stelarc.

Plus: exhibition and live programme.

Franko B will present a screening of a rough cut of BECAUSE OF LOVE - a documentary film about Franko B by Nathaniel Walters, I'M THINKING OF YOU (Version 2) - a durational live performance and a series of video documentation of previous works.