BECAUSE OF LOVE - Volume 1 - performance at The Place, London - 5th March 2013.
More info and tickets here >>>
Franko B (Because of Love volume 1) photo : Hugo Glendinning
Franko B makes his debut at The Place with the new multi-disciplinary performance solo, Because of Love volume 1. Drawing upon memories of vivid moments and experiences of art, film and dance from different stages in his life, this piece is about life, childhood, humanity, inhumanity, love and grief. 

Central to the work is the idea of the sentimentality of memory – the emotional charge and romanticism often applied to our experience of remembering culture. Experiences can be mediated by someone else’s voice or appropriated in a way which is both personal and political. 
Franko B was born in Milan and has lived in London since 1979. He has exhibited and performed widely, including at Tate Modern, the ICA, South London Gallery and Beaconsfield, and has presented work internationally.

There will be a post-show discussion between the artist and Gilles Jobin
The Place 17 Duke's Road London WC1H 9PY
Tickets: +44 (0)20 7121 1100

For more information about the Because of Love 2013/14 touring programme, visit


UNTOUCHABLE - performances and closing party

Many thanks to everyone who has supported UNTOUCHABLE so far. The exhibition continues until 1st December 2012 at the Flying Dutchman, London, and there are more events still to come -

Sat 1st Dec, 5PM-1.30AM (in connection with World AIDS Day) - Discussion, followed by performances and closing party.

PERFORMING ARTISTS: Shabnam Shabazi, Leibnitz, Franko B

Franko B DJ and closing party.

For more info ask to join the Facebook group.

Cick here to read Franko's UNTOUCHABLE interview in the Southwark LGBT Newsletter.


Wednesday 10 October - Saturday 10 November 2012

The fifth annual Frieze Week exhibition from Plus Art Projects, and the inaugural exhibition at the Mayor's Parlour showcases bold and unconventional works by 67 artists, straight from the artists’ studios. The Mayor’s Parlour is a new arts club situated in the 1930s old Bow Town Hall in East London. Established and converted to a high modern spec while reflecting the original interior of the Town Hall by the art fabricator Kerry Ryan. This elegant new curated exhibition venue opens with an immense and diverse exhibition curated by the renowned London based Plus Art Projects.

The exhibition includes a souvenir from the Chapman Brothers’ controversial Hell sculpture, neon artworks by Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk and David Batchelor, taxidermy sculpture by Polly Morgan, a myriad of paintings which range in subject and scale, amongst many other works. Art works are numbered, not conventionally listed; the viewer encounters ambitious, enticing and occasionally challenging artworks, directly, without influence of authorship. The wide range of content and making gives this exhibition a pinhole view of some of the most exciting and challenging contemporary art in London now.

 Sue Arrowsmith, Peter Ashton Jones, Annie Attridge, Franko B, David Batchelor, Katrina Blannin, Sarah Blood, Sean Branagan, Tamsin Casswell, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Katy Cole, Mat Collishaw, Dan Coombs, Mark Croxford, Jason Davidge, Adam Dix, The DnA Factory, Dominic from Luton, Howard Dyke, Rosie Edwards, Tracey Emin, Damien Good, Nitin Goyal, Ken Graham, Laura Graham,Tim Holmes, Mustafa Hulusi, Nick Jeffrey, Ben Kustow, Peter Lamb, David Leeson, Sarah Lucas, Dingbot Mclatchley, Declan McMullan, Harry Meadley, Tanya Millar, Simon Mitchell, Luke Morgan, Polly Morgan, Darren Murray, Morag Myerscough, Lyle Perkin, Benedict Radcliffe, Tabita Rezaire, Kerry Ryan, Yana Ryan, Giorgio Sadotti, Peter Saville, Mark Siebert, Michael Stubbs, Jessica Temple, Sarah Tulloch, Gavin Turk, Covadonga Valdes, Harry Weller, Gillian Westgate, Alison Willoughby, Phill Wilson Perkin, David Wood, Elizabeth Wright.

Curated and produced by neonist Kerry Ryan, artist Declan McMullan and Jessica Temple

Post-private view acts for the legendary Plus Art Frieze Week party include Julie and the Fabulous Lounge Swingers, Felt Tip, The Highliners, The Meat and Onions Gang, The Unkindness of Ravens, as well as Gavin Turk, Franko B and Dave Collishaw DJing.

Opening times: 9 - 9 daily 10 – 6 Saturdays 10 – 4 Sundays


UNTOUCHABLE - A mixed media exhibition in support of the Southwark LGTB Network, Curated by Franko B.

The flying Dutchman, London.
16th Nov - 1st Dec 2012, exhibition open Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sun, 5-10pm.

16th Nov: Private View, 6-10 pm. DJs (Franko B + guest)
17th Nov: Performances 2pm - 1.30am.
27th Nov: Meeting with Four in Ten (an LGTB run mental health group).
1st Dec: In connection with World AIDS Day, exhibition opens 5pm - 1.30 am, with a discussion led by Dr Iain Reeve, followed by performances, DJs and closing party.

Andrea Abbatangelo, Lee Adams, Oreet Ashery, Ron Athey, Franko B, Christina Berry, Alex Binnie, Rolina Blok, Eitan Buchalter, Leah Capaldi, Chad Curry, Nick Charnley, Nina, Ciuffini, Robert Crosse, Simone Costanzi, Dolorosa de la Cruz, Ralph Dunn, Mark Ellis, Fidia Falaschetti, Carlos Noronha Feio, Nina Fischetto Ciuffini, Nick Hudson, Kyrahm and Julius Kaiser, Nick Kilby, Betty LaHaine, Leibniz, Vlad Lepure, Bellatrix Lestrange, Echo Morgan, Massimo Mori, Piero 1/2botta, Martin O'Brien, Kira O'Reilly, Othon and Tomasini, Jacopo Pannochia, Rachel Parry, Predrag Pajdic, Thomas Qualmann, Niko Raes, Ryan Riddington, Flavio Sciole, Shabnam Shabazi, Svetlana Stein, Lady Stubbs, Jack Tan, Julie Tolentino, Mancinelli Trobbiani, Oliver Welby, Antoine xVx, Ali Zaidi.


Five day artists Residency, Monday 22 - Friday 26 October 11am - 6pm, Learning Space B

firstsite and Colchester Arts Centre are delighted to offer this rare opportunity to work with renowned artist and performer Franko B. Cost £95.00 for the week inc refreshments.

To apply please email CV, 3 images and A4 page to saying why this will develop your practice.
01206 577 067
firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH


performance at SHORT THEATRE, Rome, Italy.
7th September 2012
+39 333.7993611
I'm thinking of you

CHE SEI TU? / WHO ARE YOU? - workshop in Rome

SHORT THEATRE 7 presents 
Who are you? 
workshop by Franko B 
Teatro India, Rome. 3rd - 7th September 2012

Franko B for the first time in Rome. The leading exponent of the scene of the World Body Art will attend the seventh edition of SHORT THEATRE with the performance I'm Thinking of You and with an intense and unmissable workshops that will address the exploration and exposure of themselves as men and women , and as artists, through a work on physical performance, sound and visual art. An excellent opportunity to meet with an artist that has marked the imagination of contemporary art, which for years has been engaged in training courses of performing and visual arts in many schools and universities. A wonderful opportunity to test their boundaries, physical and imaginative.

Participants must bring 200 words on "who think they are". The last day of the workshop will be open to the public SHORT THEATRE with a performance at the Teatro India. The cost of the workshop is  €200 for up to 20 participants. The workshop is open to all artists and not. Participants will be selected based on the date of registration. To enroll, send us an e-mail with your mobile number to For more information: +39 333.7993611
SHORT THEATRE 7 presenta
Chi sei tu? 
workshop a cura di Franko B 
Roma, Teatro India dal 3 al 7 settembre 2012

Franko B per la prima volta a Roma. L'esponente di spicco della scena della Body Art mondiale sarà presente alla settima edizione di SHORT THEATRE con la performance I’m Thinking of You e con un intenso e imperdibile workshop che affronterà l'esplorazione e l'esposizione di sé come uomini e donne, e come artisti, attraverso un lavoro sulla performance fisica, sul suono e sull'arte visiva. Un'occasione eccezionale di incontro con un artista che ha segnato l'immaginario dell'arte contemporanea, e che da anni è impegnato in percorsi di formazione di performing e visual art in molte scuole e università internazionali. Un'occasione imperdibile per verificare i propri confini, fisici e immaginifici.

I partecipanti dovranno portare 200 parole scritte su “chi pensano di essere”. L’ultimo giorno il workshop si aprirà al pubblico di SHORT THEATRE con una performance al Teatro India.
Il costo del workshop è di 200 euro per un massimo di 20 partecipanti. Il workshop è aperto a tutti, artisti e non. I partecipanti saranno selezionati in base alla data di iscrizione. Per iscriversi è necessario scrivere un’e-mail specificando il proprio numero di cellulare a Per maggiori informazioni: 333.7993611

BECAUSE OF LOVE - durational version

BECAUSE OF LOVE - special durational version, 12 pm - 12 am, Friday 5th July 2012.
Extracts from Franko B's latest work will be re-presented in a forest setting outside of Verona. 

Festival di la Terre di Sopra Estate tra le Balle - Localita' Santissima Trinita', Badia Calavena,
Verona, Italy.


Review by Diana Damian for Exeunt Magazine. May 2012. Read it here>>>
"Because of Love is an excursion into the semiotics of the stage from a live artist whose work has chosen to omit its hierarchical aesthetics until now; engaged in the autobiographical, Franko B makes an incision into the fabric of memory through the ritual of re-call, avoiding the representational in favour of deconstructing – and succumbing to- the overt sentimentality and romanticism associated with memory." [more...]


Photographs by Hugo Glendinning. Preview showing of BECAUSE OF LOVE at Laban theatre, London. April 2012. View gallery here.

Franko B Interview for European Live Art Archive

Franko B interviewed by Brian Catling for European Live Art Archive.
7 min extract from 55 min total.
London, February 2012.
Complete audio version here.

Blog launched for BECAUSE OF LOVE - a new performance work by Franko B.
All news, tour dates and documentation will be posted here.



Group Show curated by Alastair Levy in conjunction with Post Box Gallery, 1508 and Maitreyi Maheshwari.

Opening 3rd May 2012 18.30-20.30,
7 Howick Place, London, SW1P 1BB.

Franko B, Walwad Beshty, Pavel Büchler, Toby Christian, Corinne Felgate, Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Alastair Levy, Thomas Qualmann, Jackson Sprague.

BECAUSE OF LOVE - performance dates in May

Franko B will present his new multidisciplinary performance, BECAUSE OF LOVE at Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts on Friday 11th May 2012 @ 7.00 pm. Tickets £10 (adults). More information and booking here.

The piece will then be shown at Colchester Arts Centre on 27th May @ 7.30pm (doors open at 7.00). Tickets £10 / £5 concessions. More information and booking here.


Because of Love by Franko B
(in alphabetical order)

Kamal Ackarie - Lighting Designer
Martin Hargreaves - Dramaturge adviser
Gilles Jobin - Choreography adviser
Othon - Composer and pianist
Thomas Qualmann - Animator
Shabnam Shabazi - Franko B’s Assistant
Steve Wald - Production Manager

Because of Love is a major new performance piece by Franko B, aiming to bring his practices to new audiences - not only within the context of visual art, but also dance and theatre.

Collaborating with some fantastic artists from different fields to realize the piece, concerned with childhood, humanity, inhumanity, love and grief.

Because of Love is loosely autobiographical, drawing upon personal and cultural memories from different times in Franko B's life.

Central to the work is the idea of the sentimentality of memory, the emotional charge and romanticism often applied to the experience of remembering.

Ambitious in its scale and complexity, bringing together elements of human presence, projected video, live music and lighting to weave a loose, non-linear narrative. The performance will involve a duet betwixt Franko B and a life-sized, mechanical polar bear: not so much as a tightly controlled piece of choreography, but more as an instinctive response to the dynamic mis-en-scene and contexts in which the work is shown in.

The first two public presentations of BECAUSE OF LOVE will take place in May 2012 at LICA (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts) and Colchester Arts Centre - more details to follow shortly.

BRUCE(X)PLOITATION - Bruce La Bruce Book launch

BRUCE LABRUCErnBruce(X)Ploitation UK Book Launch

The Green Carnation
4-5 Greek Street
London W1D4DD
April 5, 2012. 7pm - late.

Beers.Lambert Contemporary presents the UK book launch of Bruce(X)ploitation, the newest publication by internationally renowned artist Bruce LaBruce. On April 5, 2012, LaBruce and a line-up of his colleagues, friends, and photographic subjects both past and present will be in attendance at London's The Green Carnation bar in the heart of Soho. The event includes a book-signing and brief talk by LaBruce, performances by FrankoB and his band Lullaby for the Abandoned, and up-and-coming band Years&Years, DJ sets by Choronzon and LaBruce himself, and special appearance by cult-celebrity and star of LaBruce's 2010 film LA ZOMBIE Francois Sagat.


LA PELLE CHE ABITO - Group show at Galleria Pack - Foro Buonaparte 60, Milano 20121

16th February - 14th April 2012

Darren Almond, Franko B, Matteo Basilé, Peter Belyi, Edo Bertoglio, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Ofri Cnaani, Gianni Colosimo, Gino De Dominicis, Nicola Di Caprio, Alberto Di Fabio, Bruna Esposito, Weng Fen, Alessandro Gianvenuti, Robert Gligorov, Fathi Hassan, Zhang Huan, Oleg Kulik, Christiane Löhr, Miltos Manetas, Masbedo, Jason Middlebrook, Bartolomeo Migliore, Andrei Molodkin, Jonathan Monk, Juan Muñoz, Marco Neri, Rafael Pareja, Marina Paris, Giuseppe Pietroniro, Pipilotti Rist, Aldo Runfola, Salvo, Andres Serrano, Eulalia Valdossera


THE FLASH OF NATURE - Group Show at Salone degli Incanti - Trieste, Italy. 12th February - 9th April 2012.

Ansel Adams (USA), Allora & Calzadilla (USA / Cuba), Darren Almond (UK), Matteo Attruia (Italia), Carlo Bach (Italia), Olivo Barbieri (Italia), Bill Beckley (USA), Gianni Berengo Gardin (Italia), Primož Bizjak (Slovenia), Gabriele Bonato (Italia), Eelco Brand (Olanda), Piergiorgio Branzi (Italia), Monika Bulaj (Polonia), Luca Campigotto (Italia), Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons (Cuba), Elio Ciol (Italia), Mat Collishaw (UK), Anton Corbijn (Olanda), Giacomo Costa (Italia), Massimo Crivellari (Italia), Amy Cutler (USA), Arnold Mario Dall’O (Italia), Riccarda De Eccher (Italia), Jim Dine (USA), Fulvio Eccardi (Italia / Messico), Gilad Efrat (Israele), Elger Esser (Germania), Manuel Fanni Canelles (Italia), Paul Ferman (Australia), Giorgia Fiorio (Italia), Franco Fontana (Italia), Jernej Forbici (Slovenia), Franko B (Italia / UK), Daniel & Geo Fuchs (Germania), Mario Giacomelli (Italia), Ugo Giletta (Italia), Antonio Girbés (Spagna), Robert Gligorov (Repubblica di Macedonia), Nan Goldin (USA), Paolo Grassino (Italia), Stefano Graziani (Italia), Renato Grome (UK / Australia), Jonathan Guaitamacchi (Italia), Albano Guatti (Italia), Henrik Håkansson (Svezia), Kenro Izu (Giappone), Alfredo Jaar (Cile), Oleg Kulik (Russia), Irene Kung (Germania), Christiane Löhr (Germania), Robert Longo (USA), Urs Lüthi (Svizzera), Angel Marcos (Spagna), Robert Mapplethorpe (USA), Francesca Martinelli (Italia), Masbedo (Italia), Hiroyuki Masuyama (Giappone), Ana Mendieta (Cuba), Michael Najjar (Germania), Julian Opie (UK), Franco Passalacqua (Italia), Cristiano Pintaldi (Italia), Alfredo Pirri (Italia), Marc Quinn (UK), Francesco Radino (Italia), Sergio Ragalzi (Italia), Robert Rauschenberg (USA), Antonio Riello (Italia), Julian Rosefeldt (Germania), James Rosenquist (USA), Ed Ruscha (USA), Sergio Scabar (Italia), Stefano Scheda (Italia), Luigi Serafini (Italia), Andres Serrano (USA), Mario Sillani Djerrahian (Italia), Janez Vlachy (Slovenia), Santiago Ydáñez (Spagna), Andrew Zuckerman (USA).