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.
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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

UNLOVED - promo video

Franko B - UNLOVED, curated by a/political. Rua Red, Dublin, 19th October - 13th December 2019 - ruared.ie/gallery/exhibition/unloved

Franko B: UNLOVED - Exhibition and performance at Rua Red, Dublin

Franko B Unloved - Curated by a/political
19th October - 13th December 2019
Opening and performance - 18th October at 6pm (RSVP >)
Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24 info@ruared.ie

Marking the opening of the exhibition, on 18 October, Franko B will deliver UNLOVED - a one-off performance at Rua Red. The performance, featuring the works from the series Homage to the New World Order, 2017, manifests the artist’s violent resistance against institutional abuse and negligence.

Franko B has championed the rights of the “unloved” since his seminal bleeding performances in the 1990s. At the present, when Ireland is interrogating the Church and the State for the abuse of thousands of children and adults, the artist confronts us with his advocacy on behalf of those let down by the institutions designed to help them. [Continue reading >>>]