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

BLOOD - photos

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

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. 

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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:

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
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



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 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

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:


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 .


Recording of our set at Norwich Arts Centre, 29th May 2014, supporting MELT BANANA.
MFOTWU = Franko B, Jacob Cobb and Daniel Green.


T-shirts based on Franko B's recent stitched drawings. Available now. 
Visit for the full range.


Norwich Arts Centre, 29th May 2014.

Japanese rock band Melt-Banana have been making experimental, noise pop since 1992. They’ve released ten albums and toured worldwide extensively.

 ‘Some people say they are noise band, some people say they are so-called no wave band, some people say they are hardcore band, some people say their music is like roller coaster in an amusement park… It is hard to categorize their music, but basically they are rock band with a spice of punk taste. The easiest way to find out is to listen to their music and you will find out.’
MFOTWU [ against oppression ] is a post punk post, spoken word, post improvisation collective between drummer Jacob Cob and artist Franko B previously of the post punk group AT NIGHT WE CRY.

Thursday 29th May 2014
8:00 PM 

£10.00 adv : £12.00 door


( +£1.20 booking charge per ticket )

Norwich Arts Centre


An Essay by Franko B inspired by the Marina Abramović performance, The Artist is Present (2010).

I Was (Not) Present

The artist (as a construct/persona) was present, but the person was not.
Can the artist be present?
And what does performance have to do with it?
Is it performance, or merely spectacle?
Can one teach presence?
Or: how to make a performance?


It was a Sunday morning in London on an August day in 2013, and I kept thinking about Marina Abramović’s performance, The Artist is Present. On and off, this event has being following me. Maybe, in my mind there are obvious reasons why.

This work has met a strong media interest (reviews, documentaries, etc.), and after three years it still apparently inspires artists like Jay Z and Lady Gaga. What follows here is my understanding and personal critique of the concept/idea of being present, expanding on my personal thoughts regarding the performance, The artist is present, which Marina Abramović originally performed at MOMA (Museum Of Modern Art) in New York in 2010.


Stitched drawings (wool on paper).
42 x 59.4 cm each.
Franko B 2014.


Creating a Scene: Collaboration in Art and Theatre
25 January - 24 April 2014
Preview: Fri 24 Jan, 6pm-8pm

The National Centre for Craft & Design,
Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England, NG34 7TW

Exhibiting artists include Edward Allington, Franko B, Ivor Beddoes, Giuseppe Belli, James Casebere, Julian Crouch, Richard Deacon, Thomas Demand, Hein Hecktroth, Christopher Hobbs, Howard Hodgkin, Derek Jarman, Philip Lee, Davy and Kristin Mcguire, Bruce McLean, Louise Ann Wilson, Edwin Zwakman. Curators: Jeremy Webster, Naomi Law

Art is about illusion, about taking people on a journey to places, situations and emotions they may not have the access or the imagination to visit. This exhibition looks at set design and considers the artistic design process and the underpinning collaboration between artistic disciplines necessary for success, in short the art of Creating a Scene.

The exhibition views set design in its broadest sense, aiming to capture something of the variety of disciplines in which set design is employed. Creating a Scene includes work by leading international artists and designers working in theatre, opera, dance, film, photography, the visual arts, performance art, and work by emerging new talent. Throughout the exhibition you can see examples of the design process including sketches, working models, finished designs and theatre sets. 


Hopkinson Gallery, in collaboration with The Creative Quarter company and Nottingham City Council, is proud to present a unique show 'Mercury & Electric Shocks', as part of the 'Seen This?' project, two new exhibitions which the Nottingham public can look forward to over the next three months.

Featuring neon-based works by Franko B. Stefan Bruggeman, Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George, Sarah Lucas, Kerry Ryan and Gavin Turk.

'Mercury & Electric Shocks' is an exclusive collection of remarkable neon artworks by acclaimed artists, to be shown at Hopkinson Gallery. What makes this exhibition extraordinary is that these works have been in private collections and have never before seen together by the public outside London. 

Curated by Andy Collishaw (Independent) and Izzy Watts (who manages Hopkinson Gallery), this exhibition features the cream of British and international contemporary artists, who are bringing their work to Nottingham which opened for the city's Light Night event on Friday 28 February.

See the BBC East Midlands feature of this show here.