a/political - collaboration

22 jan 2015

Franko B is happy to announce his collaboration with a/political.


a/political [áy/pəlittik'l] dedicated to the support and promotion of artists working within a socio-political framework; aiming to elucidate current social and political concerns 1. providing a neutral space free from bias for debate and dialogue around topical issues and aesthetics 2. committed to creating an internationally significant collection of engaged art 3. working alongside selected artists and cultural institutions to produce and promote dynamic global projects.

projects / the project archive showcases dynamic collaborations with selected artists on awards, exhibitions and curatorial projects. a/political endeavours to acquire work from the projects for the collection.

pilot / through this initiative, artists are commissioned to write a text on an area of socio-political interest. the text acts as a form of initial research, clarifying thoughts and opinions around a subject that will be used to underpin an upcoming work or project.

collection / the collection aims to track the history of socio-political art from the beginning of the twentieth century until the present day. reflecting artistic responses to key political events, war and conflict by way of acquisitions, commissions and co-productions, the a/political collection continues to grow at the core of the organisation. crucially, it remains a work in progress, merging the ongoing support of contemporary projects with a politically focused art history.

(Image: Untitled from the Black Period, 2005/06 (c) Franko B)


WOOF WOOF I'M BACK is the first exhibition of my studio work in London in the last four years.

The title of the exhibition is meant to express an optimism, both personal and artistic; affirming that I am still here, still alive.

It presents a new body of my work: a series of around eighty drawings made from wool stitched onto paper. The pieces are inspired by every day life, relationships and news events, as well as references to specific art histories - from the personal to the political and the poetic.

06 February – 27 February 2015

Mayor's Parlour Gallery
First Floor,
Bow House
153 - 159 Bow Road
London E3 2SE

Tuesday to Friday, by appointment Sunday, 12 - 5pm
Telephone: +44 (0) 77 3701 1176
Email: info@mayorsparlourgallery.com


WORK Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring Franko B., Afshin Dakordi, Neil Gall, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Zadoc Nava, Lucy+ Jorge Orta, Bob and Roberta Smith, all artists who have collaborated with the gallery and its publishing counterpart Black Dog Publishing over the years. 

23rd January - 7th March 2015
Private view Thursday 22 January 2015 6-9pm
Performance by Bob and Roberta Smith playing slide guitar with a pair of pliers and singing a song about voting. All welcome.

10A Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG
Tuesday–Saturday 12.00–6.00 pm


BAD comes from our meeting with the artist Franko B. Through the exchange between Art and handcraft, innovation and tradition, levity and solidity, this project was born, in a unique and limited edition. Boot realized in Black calfskin, with lining in Black calf and Black rubber sole. Laces and zip fastening, maxi-tongue. Enhanced with an embroidery drawn from the artist Franko B.



An exhibition of embroidered works on paper and neon by Franko B.

06 February – 27 February 2015

Mayor's Parlour Gallery
First Floor, Bow House 153 - 159 Bow Road London E3 2SE

Tuesday to Friday, by appointment
Sunday, 12 - 5pm

Telephone: +44 (0) 77 3701 1176
Email: info@mayorsparlourgallery.com

BLOOD - photos

BLOOD - Group exhibition at Science Gallery, Dublin.
24th October 2014 - 25th January 2015.
A series of events runs alongside the exhibition: https://dublin.sciencegallery.com/events

You can virtually browse the exhibition here (navigate upstairs to view Franko B's work).

Photographs by Science Gallery Dublin.


This is a/political.
Franko B is proud to announce that some of his work is now part of such collection dedicated to support and promote artist that work in this context .


October 20th - November 2nd, 2014

London, United Kingdom 


Curated by Francesca ALFANO MIGLIETTI

From the 20th of October, the streets of London will be invaded by 31 pieces of contemporary art, created by 18 artists which, by defying the daily urban reality and intermingled with advertising banners, reflect upon the concepts of identity and relationships.


Tumblr : http://tendertoart.tumblr.com 

With : Franko B • Letizia Battaglia • Valerio Berruti • Matteo Carassale • Janieta Eyre • Cesare Fullone • Branko Jankovic • Francesco Jodice • Gilivanka Kedzior & Barbara Friedman • Shai Ignatz • Antonio Marras • Sebastiano Mauri • Roman Opalka • Qasim Riza Shaheen • Annalisa Riva • Manuel Vason • Paolo Ventura


Franko B will perform BECAUSE OF LOVE - volume 1 at Theater Im Pumpenhaus, Munster - 8th November 2014. This will be the last ever performance of Because of Love.

More informantion and tickets here: http://www.pumpenhaus.de/?p=17834.

Part of Festival Signaturen.

Theater im Pumpenhaus
Gartenstraße 123 48147


BLOOD - group exhibition at Science Gallery Dublin. 24th October 2014 - 25th January 2015.
Curated by Jens Hauser, Shaun McCann, Luke O'Neill, Clemens Ruthner and Lynn Scarff.

Science Gallery - The Naughton Institute, Pearse Street, Trinity College, Dublin 2.


Phone: +353 1 896 4091
Email: info@sciencegallery.com
Twitter: @SciGalleryDub

taboo / commodity / symbolism / paint / mystery / ubiquitous / variety / art / medical / gothic / phobia / myth / science /create / race / discovery / darkness / provocative / biological / medium / gruesome / fluid / vital / serum / lineage

Review: http://www.tn2magazine.ie/blood-at-the-science-gallery-review/


The first batch of Because of Love: Volume 1 - Documents from a performance; an account of a process have arrived from the printers and been sent out.

The printed edition of the book is limited to 80 signed and numbered copies [+5 AP], or as a free PDF download here >>>.

More information and links to buy a limited edition signed copy here >>>. 

Includes an introduction by Lois Keidan and Gill Lloyd, an essay by Diana Damian and an interview with Franko B by James Morgan. Photographs by Hugo Glendinning. 70 pages, 21 x 25 cm, hardcover (cloth bound with dust jacket).


Franko B

Because of Love: Volume 1

Documents from a performance; an account of a process

Hard back book (cloth bound with dust jacket)
21 x 25 cm, 70 pages, colour images throughout

With an introduction by Lois Keidan and Gill Lloyd, an essay by Diana Damian and an interview with Franko B by James Morgan.

Photographs by Hugo Glendinning.

A free digital edition (PDF) is available to download here >>>

The print edition is limited to 80 individually signed and numbered copies 
(plus 5 artist's proofs). 

Price £55 (+ p&p) for the numbered editions

Order (with UK postage) here >>> 

Order (with International postage) here >>> 

Please allow 3-6 weeks for delivery, as the books are printed on demand.

The 5 artist's proofs are also available for £100 each - please email frankobartist@yahoo.co.uk to check availability and place your order.

Work in Progress

Update on my current work in progress. Wool stitched on paper, each 42 x 59.4 cm.
London show will be coming 2015.
For more information contact frankobartist@gmail.com

ANTI Festival International Prize For Live Art - Nominees Announced

ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art: nominees announced

The International Prize for Live Art will be awarded for the first time during ANTI Contemporary Art Festival in Kuopio in September 2014. The six nominees for the award have now been announced: Franko B (UK/IT), Heather Cassils (CA/US), Frog King/Kwok Mang-ho (HK), May Say production (FI), Gwendoline Robin (BE) and Joshua Sofaer (UK).

The artistic directors of ANTI Contemporary Art Festival, Johanna Tuukkanen and Gregg Whelan, say:

"A total of 40 artist nominations were put forward by 10 trusted colleagues working across Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Asia and Australia. The process of reading each nomination, and hearing many of the artists' work for the first time, was an absolutely fascinating and exciting process, highlighting the variety of mediums, forms and methods of artists working under the umbrella of Live Art. After some weeks of research and discussion, we have narrowed down the long list of 40 artists to a short-list of six exceptional artists whose work is outstanding in its investigation of art and the everyday, collaboration and encounter and the body, endurance and sociability."

The winner of the ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art will be chosen by three judges: artist Anssi Kasitonni (FI), architect Juhani Pallasmaa (FI) and director Ruth Mackenzie(UK) as the chair. This judging panel, comprising three top specialists, provides a wide view of contemporary art's diversity and its current manifestations.

The world's first ever International Prize for Live Art will be presented at the ANTI Contemporary Art Festival in Kuopio in September 2014. The prize is 30,000 euros, with the winning artist receiving a cash prize of 15,000 euros and the same amount in the form of a production grant for bringing their new work to the ANTI Festival in 2015. The prize is funded by the Saastamoinen Foundation.

More information here: http://www.antifestival.com/index.php/2014/eng/news/?id=690%2Fanti-festival-international-prize-for-live-art-nominees-announced%2F


DEAR friends , as BECAUSE OF LOVE VOLUME ONE performance tour is coming to a closure [ last performance will be in Munster ,Germany on the 7 and 8 of November 2014 .
more info near the time .
but now 
this is MOTHER FUCKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE AGAINST OPPRESSION a project that i started early this year ( 2014 ) and really it come from my collaboration that i started around 4 years a go with drummer Jacob Cob under the name AT NIGHT WE CRY . ( then a student of mine at the academia of visual arts in Macerata , Marche , Italy, where i teach in the school of sculpture ) 

Now I'm looking forward to develop MFOTWU [ against oppression ] not just as a band but as a visual and sound performance work and to take it to visual art and performance spaces around the world and not exclusively to music only venues 

if you are interested in any way and want to know more about this development in my practice ask to be come friend with mfotwu here on face book and we will keep you informed with what we are doing .