SCREENING: MOVING BODIES - FRANKO B's ARCHIVE - Arnolfini, Bristol


Friday, 6th March 2020 to Sunday, 8th March 2020, 11:00 to 18:00
Free Drop In
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

Moving Bodies: Franko B’s Archive celebrates the archive of artist, curator and teacher Franko B, who rose to prominence in the 1990s due to his extraordinary body-based performances often involving the practice of bloodletting.

Featuring iconic performances such as I Miss You, Still Life and Oh Lover Boy along with archival footage, this 45 minute screening of newly digitised material filmed over Franko’s extensive career can be viewed throughout the weekend, coinciding with the symposium ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ at Arnolfini (6 March), and an archival exhibition The Body is (not) Here at the Theatre Collection (14 February – 1st May), where Franko’s archive is now held.

Organised with the University of Bristol Theatre Collection Moving Bodies: Franko B’s Archive is part of a series of events funded by the Wellcome Trust, forming a larger project to catalogue, conserve, digitise and widen access to Franko’s archive, which was donated by the artist to the Collection in 2008.

More information: arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/screening-dont-leave-me-this-way-films-from-the-franko-b-archive/


VALENTINE'S DAY PROMOTION IN FRANKO B'S ETSY SHOP


Visit etsy.com/uk/shop/FrankoBStudio to view a range of small works by Franko B, including stitched drawings on paper and ceramics. 20% off selected items until 16th February.

Symposium: DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY; Accessing and Activating the Franko B Archive

6 March 2020, 10.15 AM - 6.00 PM
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/symposium-dont-leave-me-this-way-accessing-and-activating-the-franko-b-archive/

Framed around the archive of artist, curator, and teacher Franko B, this one-day symposium of talks, performance and discussion, featuring artists, archivists, writers, curators and researchers, looks at the multitude of different ways in which archives can be accessed, activated and animated.

The day will open with an 'in conversation' between Franko B and Lois Keidan, Director of the Live Art Development Agency, and will also include a performance from the project’s writers-in-residence Mary Paterson and Maddy Costa, as well as discussing a variety of challenging archives from Franko's own to the Bishopsgate Institute's LGBTQ Erotica and Pornography Collection.

A full itinerary for the day will be published soon.

Organised with the University of Bristol Theatre Collection the symposium is part of a wider series of public events including an exhibition, talks and workshops, funded by the Wellcome Trust, that marks the end of a larger project to catalogue, conserve and widen access to Franko B's Archive, donated by the artist to the Theatre Collection in 2008 where it is now fully accessible. Please be aware that the event will explore adult themes and content, which may not be suitable for all audiences.

Free, booking essential.

THE BODY IS (NOT) HERE - Exhibition of Franko B's Archive, University of Bristol


14th February - 1st May 2020;
Tues - Fri 9.30am - 5pm (closed 10th and 14th April)

The Body is (not) Here explores the archive of visual artist, curator and teacher Franko B through representations of the human body, which loom large throughout the collection.

Coming to recognition during the rise of performance and live art in the 1990s, Franko’s deeply autobiographical work presents the body as both a site and a material. His body is visible throughout the exhibition via documentation of performances and exhibitions, captured in personal photographs, described in vivid detail within publicity material and press cuttings, or hinted at by its absence through objects, traces and the residue of performances.

Interweaving personal stories and universal themes – of pain, suffering, protest, life and love – The Body is (not) Here provides audiences with multiple encounters with Franko’s body and the body of his archive, which like Franko’s work, challenge the way we see, feel and experience the world around us; asking us to consider ‘what it is to be human’.

The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of free public events, including an 'in conversation' with the artist, a symposium on 'challenging' archives, a writing workshop, and a series of exhibition tours.

More information here: bristol.ac.uk/theatre-collection/events/exhibitions/


Franko B and Dr Maria Fannin In Conversation

4 March 2020, 6.00 PM - 4 March 2020, 7.30
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, BS8 1UP (Lecture Room 3.13)

Visual artist, curator and teacher Franko B will be joined in conversation by human geographer Dr Maria Fannin, whose research delves into the ‘tissue economies’ of blood and other substances, drawing on feminist approaches to health and medical technology.

This event is part of a wider series of public events including an exhibition, symposium and workshop, funded by the Wellcome Trust, that marks the end of a larger project to catalogue, conserve and widen access to Franko B's Archive, donated by the artist to the Theatre Collection in 2008 where it is now fully accessible.

More information here: bristol.ac.uk/theatre-collection/events/2020/content---franko-and-maria-in-conversation.html


EXPLORING THE FRANKO B ARCHIVES

Following a ‘Research Resources’ award from Wellcome, the Theatre Collection has been working on a project for the past 18 months to catalogue, conserve and make publicly accessible the archive of artist, curator and teacher, Franko B. Franko B’s practice explores the limits of the body, touching on pain, suffering and sexuality in contemporary culture. He rose to prominence in the 1990s due to his extraordinary body-based performances at the ICA in London that often involved blood-letting. Creating work across performance, video, photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media for the last 30 years, Franko’s experiences of suffering, neglect, homelessness and marginalisation as an adolescent, and then as a young gay man and punk living in London during the AIDS epidemic, deeply influenced and intertwined with his practice. Archivists working on the project will introduce the Franko B archive, and there will be an opportunity to handle items from the collection.
More information: bristol.ac.uk/arts/events/2020/february/chhs-research-seminar.html


A SERIES OF FUTURE ENCOUNTERS - Sixth blog post from the Writers in Residence programme at the Franko B Archive


As part of the Wellcome Trust funded project Challenging Archives: Delivering research access, public engagement and the curatorial care of the Franko B archive, writers-in-residence Mary Paterson and Maddy Costa are engaging creatively with the Franko B archive as it is catalogued, conserved and made accessible.

'Although it might not look like it, this post is constructed from two interviews: with Stefan Dickers, Library and Archives Manager at Bishopsgate Institute in London, and Dr Justin Bengry, Lecturer in Queer History at Goldsmiths, University of London. [...]'
Read the post here >

Franko B's Archive is held as part of the Live Art Archives at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection


LEGAL HISTORY AND FRANKO B'S ARCHIVE - Fifth blog post from the Writers in Residence programme at the Franko B Archive


As part of the Wellcome Trust funded project Challenging Archives: Delivering research access, public engagement and the curatorial care of the Franko B archive, writers-in-residence Mary Paterson and Maddy Costa are engaging creatively with the Franko B archive as it is catalogued, conserved and made accessible.

'Inside a manila folder inside a box inside Franko B’s archive is a packet of slides of a performance he made around 1991. To see the pictures, hold the plastic packet in both hands and angle it towards the light of the window. Squint.
Read the post here >

Franko B's Archive is held as part of the Live Art Archives at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection


NEW ITEMS AVAILABLE FROM FRANKO B's ETSY SHOP



Several new small artworks, including stitched drawings on paper and ceramic figures from the 'Sinful Children' series are now available to buy from Franko B's Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FrankoBStudio


LADA FESTIVE FAIR 2019


Franko B will have a stall selling small artworks, including stitched drawings and ceramic figures at this year's LADA Festive Fair:

8 December 2019, 12:00 - 18:00
Live Art Development Agency, The Garrett Centre 117A Mansford Street, E2 6LX London

thisisliveart.co.uk/whats-on/lada-festive-fair-2019-1/

Free to attend, come and go at any time, free festive drinks and snacks will be served

Please join us as we host 25 exciting stalls run by local artists, activists and social action groups selling a huge variety of things and promoting a range of campaigns around social and environmental justice.

Franko B: UNLOVED - review

Review of Franko B's solo show, Unloved at Rua Red, Dublin by Moran Been-noon in The Sunday Times Best of What's On, November 17th 2019

thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/the-best-of-whats-on-this-week-8bpfdp8x0


Franko B: Unloved, curated by a/political
Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin
24 19th October - 13th December 2019 ruared.ie/gallery/exhibition/unloved










PASSIONE BI-POLARE - group exhibition in Venice

Exhibition of students, staff and artists from l'Academia Albertina di Belle Art di Torino, curated by Edoardo Di Mauro, Gabriele Romeo and Laura Valle.

16th - 29th November 2019

Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Palazzetto Tito, Dorsoduro 2826, 30123, Venezia

https://www.comune.venezia.it/content/passione-bi-polare
https://www.facebook.com/events/574585799983369/


Franko B: UNLOVED - video of the performance at Rua Red, Dublin


Performance by Franko B at the opening of his solo show, Unloved at Rua Red, Dublin, 18th October 2019

Franko B: Unloved, curated by a/political
Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24
19th October - 13th December 2019
ruared.ie/gallery/exhibition/unloved


Franko B: UNLOVED - review


Review by Cac O'Day for Circa Art Magazine of Franko B's solo show and performance, Unloved at Rua Red, Dublin [read it here >]

circaartmagazine.net/cac-oday-franko-b/

Franko B: Unloved, curated by a/political.
Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24 -
19th October - 13th December 2019 ruared.ie/gallery/exhibition/unloved


A DIFFERENT KIND OF ORDER - Fourth blog post from the Writers in Residence programme at the Franko B Archive


As part of the Wellcome Trust funded project Challenging Archives: Delivering research access, public engagement and the curatorial care of the Franko B archive, writers-in-residence Mary Paterson and Maddy Costa are engaging creatively with the Franko B archive as it is catalogued, conserved and made accessible. This is the fourth in a series of blog posts reflecting on the complex set of challenges the Franko B archive poses, the archival process, and the ways in which the archive might inspire new creative work. Franko B’s artistic practice explores issues such as the limits of the body and the human condition, dealing with pain, suffering, abuse of power, empathy, eroticism, and sexuality in contemporary culture.
Read the post here >

Franko B's Archive is held as part of the Live Art Archives at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection.


UNLOVED - photos from the exhibition at Rua Red, Dublin



Franko B's solo exhibition, Unloved, curated by a/political.
Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24 - 19th October - 13th December 2019
http://www.ruared.ie/gallery/exhibition/unloved