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For up to date information on Franko B and upcoming shows, visit his website on www.franko-b.com

To see images of Franko's solo exhibition at the Centre of Attention

artist statement:

I Feel Empty

What I do is my contribution to the society I live in. I use art as a language to communicate the things I care about. For me, this is the most eloquent way I can communicate.

Everyone is a refugee, including those who are on the fringes of society, marginalised by their sexuality or ethnicity, or anyone with baggage created through the structures of dominant Western capitalist culture. I don’t want to be Coca-Cola or Madonna.

I am not interested in my legacy as an artist once I am dead. What I am interested in is in the ideal of a community that is about sharing, engaging and contributing to language (language is life) rather than having free membership of some art club.

All of my art embodies ‘me’, and my body is always present in my work whether the form is a live event, a photograph or an object. Although my work is personal it is not navel-gazing; it is driven, but it is not about propaganda. I use the body in a way that empowers me but not as some kind of bourgeois ideal. It is not about me me me but it is about me and my worth as a human being in today’s society. This is not something that one can quantify by purely using criteria based on commercial terms or on one’s position in the art market. Some of us may not want to be taken up by the likes of Saatchi. Artists can contribute to a vision of human worth. Even if one cannot economically quantify this art, it is worth pursuing and supporting.

My work presents the body in its most carnal, existential and essential state, confronting the human condition in an objectified, vulnerable and seductively powerful form.

I use video as a diary, reflecting what I have been exposed to in my daily experience. It is a record of life, sex, love, war; attempting to document the things that touch you, and break your heart. For two years I photographed people sleeping in the streets of London, in the forgotten spaces I pass through getting from A to B.

I strive to use the body in a way that does not take away its dignity, by being responsible to myself, as well as to the work. I work to create a language that touches on the things that show us we are not alone. We are all bleeding inside.

I rely on things that I own or that I make my own. I cover discarded domestic objects with bloodied canvas from my performance, to give them a new lease of life by making them mine, giving them love and a new home. All the work produced is a product of recycling. I use blood as more than a physiological exercise. Blood gives life. Blood is thicker than water.

I believe in beauty, but in a beauty that is not detached from life. My concern is to make the unbearable bearable, to provoke the viewer to reconsider their own understandings of beauty and of suffering.

 


From: "franko boss" To: Pierre Coinde Date: 29 Nov 2001, 08:36:48 PM Subject: Re: Frankocv + bibliography -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- dear pierre hi here it is.. FRANKO B WAS BORN IN MILAN, ITALY IN 1960 BUT HAS LIVED IN LONDON SINCE 1979 . AFTER A FOUNDATION COURSE AT CAMBERWELL SCHOOL OF ART (1986-1987) HE TRAINED AT CHELSEA COLLEGE OF ART (1987-1990) GRADUATING WITH A BA IN FINE ART AND HAS BEEN WORKING ACROSS ART FORMS SINCE 1990 WITH PROJECTS INVOLVING VIDEO, PHOTOGRAPY, PERFORMANCE , INSTALLATION , SCULPTURE , AND MIX MEDIA. HE HAS PRESENTED HIS WORK ITERNATIONALY IN A BROAD RANGE OF CONTEXTS. SELECTED WORK EXHIBITIONS LAST ORDER'S , LONDON, UK APRIL / MAY 1996 WHOíS GOING TO LICK MY WOUND? LUCIANO ING- PIN GALLERY, MILANO ITALY, MARCH / APRIL 1998. ROSSO VIVO (GROUP EXHIBITION) AT PAC/MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, MILAN, ITALY, JANUARY / MARCH 1999 I MISS YOU TOYNBEE STUDIOS, LONDON, UK APRIL 1999. I MISS YOU WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCKíS WINDOW GALLERY, ANTWERP, BELGIUM, OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 1999. EXHIBITION OF PAINTING AT THE CENTRE OF ATTENTION, LONDON, UK JAN /FEB 2000 OH LOVER BOY COLLAGEíS AT CHAMBER OF POP CULTURE LONDON, UK APRIL / MAY 2000. I FELL LONELY PLEASE CALL MEÖ part of PLEASE DISTURB ME group show at THE GREAT EASTERN HOTEL, LONDON, UK MARCH / APRIL 2001 OH LOVER BOY the exhibition at HOME , LONDON, UK MAY / JULY 2001 GROUP EXIBHITIONAT THE ANTWERP OPEN BELGIUM , May / June 2001 [ documentation of I MISS YOU performed at the Beweegin Antwerp, Belgium 1999 ] NOW YOU KNOW ME solo exhibition at KLAUS ENGELHORN 20 , VIENNA . AUSTRIA. 12 SEPTEMBER TO 30 OCTOBER 2001 PERFORMANCES MAMA I CANíT SING PART 2 [RAPTURE] INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, LONDON, NOVEMBER 1995 MAMA I CANíT SING PART 3 [ TOTALLY WIRED] INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, LONDON, UK APRIL 1996. IíM NOT YOUR BABE PART 1 [ TOTALLY WIRED] INTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, LONDON, UK MAY 1996. IíM NOT YOUR BABE PART 1 + 2 INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, LONDON, UK DECEMBER 1996. IíM NOT YOUR BABE PART 3 IL CORPO STERMINATO FESTIVAL, FIRENZE ITALY, MAY 1997. IíM NOT YOUR BABE PART 1 EUROCRAZ FESTIVAL, ZAGREB, CROATIA, JUNE 1997. AKTION 398 LUCIANO ING- PIN GALLERY, MILANO ITALY, MARCH / APRIL 1998. AKTION 398 EX TERESA, MEXICO CITY, MEXICO, OCTOBER 1998. AKTION 398 THE SOUTH LONDON GALLERY, LONDON, UK NOVEMBER 1999. AKTION 398 AT ARTADMINS TOYNBEE STUDIO LONDON, UK 18 MARCH 2000 I MISS YOU AT BEACONSFIELD GALLERY LONDON, UK 14 APRIL 200I MISS YOU AT FIERCE FESTIVAL IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE IKON GALLERY, BIRMIGHAM, and UK 26 MAY 2000. I MISS YOU, ART LIVE, TORINO ITALY, OCTOBER 2000 AKTION 398, ZURICH SWITZERLAND, DEC 2000 OH LOVER BOY, LIVE ART AT KANONHALLEN, KOPENHAGEN, DENMARK. JAN 2001. OH LOVER BOY, AT BEACONSFIELD LONDON, UK 28 APRIL 2001 OH LOVER BOY AT FIERCE EARTH BIRMIGHAM, UK 9 JUNE 2001 YOU MAKE MY HEART GO BOOM BOOM AT KIT KOPENHAGEN , DENMARK 11 AUGUST 2001 . OH LOVER BOY AT ARSENIC, LAUSANNE, CH . 13 OCTOBER 2001 AKTION 398 AT KLAUS ENGELHOR 20 , VIENNA , AUSRTIA . 24 OCTOBER 2001 SCRENNING VIDEO AND TELEVISION [IN THE UK] WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE BEAUTIFUL, NATIONAL FILM THEATRE LONDON- UK 1993 PROTECT ME, MIDNIGHT UNDER GROUND FOR CHANNEL 4 TELEVISION, AUGUST 1996 PROTECT ME, RENEGADE TV FOR CHANNEL 4 TELEVISION, AUGUST 1977. THE SOUTH BANK SHOWíS BODY ART, LWT TELEVISION, APRIL 1998 DEAD MOTHER AT THE LUX, LONDON, UK FEBRUARY 2000 IíM NOT YOUR BABE 1&2, performing bodies AT TATE MODERN [extract] OCTOBER 2000 AWARDS AND PRIZES LONDON ARTS BOARD, LONDON HYBRID'S GRANT [ a collaboration with choreographer Giles Jobin ] , 1998. RECIPIENT OF AN ARTSADMIN INDIVIDUAL ARTIST'S BURSARY 1999. RECIPIENT OF AN LONDON ART BOARD COMBINED ART GRANT 2000 / 2001 . RECIPIENT OF ONE TO ONE BURSARY FROM THE LONDON LIVE ART DEVELOPMENT AGENCY 2000 / 2001 . RECIPIENT OF AN LONDON ART , VISUAL ARTS FUND - 2001 / 02. NOMINATION'S PAUL HAMLYN AWARDS 1999 PAUL HAMLYN AWARDS 2001 THE ARTS FOUNDATIONS 2001 / 2002 PUBLICATIONS FRANKO B MONOGRAPH 64PP COLOR, COSTA NOLAN / VIRUS & MUTATION, ITALY, 1997. FRANKO B THE PERFORMANCE WORK, MONOGRAPH 108 PP, WITH ESSAYS BY LOIS KEIDAN AND STUART MORGAN, BLACK DOG PUBLISHING, LONDON 1997 OH LLOVER BOY , MONOGRAPH COLOR , WITH ESSAYS BY SARAH WILSON AND INTERVIEW BY GRAY WATSON , BLACK DOG PUBLISHING LONDON 2001 CONFERENCES / DEBATES + GUEST/VISITING ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT UP TO 2001 SYMPOSIUM UPGRADE 3, NIEDESCACHESEN GERMAN, FEBRUARY 1999. SYMPOSIUM MILANO OLTRE, MILAN, ITALY OCTOBER 1998. EGO[a series of four symposia.] LONDON , MAY 2001 INCLUDE: Ď CENTRAL ST MARTIN, GOLDSMITHS COLLEGE, and WIMBLEDON COLLEGE, HULL UNIVERSITY, LJUBLJANA UNIVERSITY, ACCADEMIA DELLE BELLE ARTI IN BOLOGNA, BERGEN ART SOCIETY, COURTAULD UNIVERSITY, GUIDHALL UNIVERSITY, NORTH LONDON UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, CRITICAL COVERAGE UK AND INTERNATIONAL COVERAGE OF FRANKO B WORK INCLUDES: LA REPUBLICA 13 march 1998, IL CORRIERE DELLA SERA 24 January 2001, IL SOLE 24 ORE 15 march 1998 , PAIS VASCO 21 may 1998, DE STANDARD 29 October & 2 November 1999 , THE GUARDIAN 1 April 1998 & 2 march 1999, TIME OUT 10 / 17 December 1997 , BERGENS TITENDE 9 October 1998 , THE INDEPENDENT 26 April 1996 & 1 April 1998 & 26 April 2000, THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT 22 April 2000, THE OBSERVER 30 July 2000, TDR 42, 4 [ t 160 ] winter 1998, { THE MALE NUDE } BY MANUEL COOPER 1995 edition , DONíT TELL IT December / January 1996 , ART MONTLY December 99, LIVE ART MAGAZINE, July / September 1997, 1999 , 2000 issue n 30,31 VIRUS MUTATION 1997 , HONCHO , MAY 1998 , ART AND DESIGN CURATING 1997 , TOTAL TEATRE winter 1997 / 8 , December 2000, FRANCESCA ALFANO MIGLIETTI { identita mutanti} 1998 , march SLEAZE NATION February 2000, FLUX April / may 2000, PARIS MATCH 15 May 2001 , DAZED& CONFUSED march 2001 , BUTTERFLY issue 5 may 2000, LEA VERGINE {BODY ART AND PERFORMANCE edition 2000 }, TRACEY WARR & AMELIA JONES, { THE ARTIST BODY }June 2000 STUDIJA 2000, POLITIKEN 27 January 2001 ,ES life style supplement , 30 March 2001 , EVENING STANDARD 3 April 2001 , 2 May 2001 , TIMES 9 May 2001 , EL MUNDO 6 May 2001 ,ART REVIEW July / August 2001 , POLITIKEN 13 AUGUST 2001 , COMPOSITE ,June 2001 , FRANKO B IS AN ARTSADMIN ASSOCIATE ARTIST FRANKO B IS REPRESENTED IN AUSTRIA BY GALLERY KLAUS ENGELHORN N 20 .

 

 

2005 update:

Selected performances

Aktion 893 (Why Are You Here?), National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, February 2005 Still Life, National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, February 2005
Still Life, South London Gallery, London November 2004
I Miss You!, part of Live Culture, Tate Modern, London, March 2003. Still Life, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, January 2003. I Miss You!, part of Break 21, Gallerija Kapelica, Lubljana, Slovenia, July 2002. Aktion 398, part of Fierce!, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, May 2002. I Miss You!, Cenpi, Belgrade, March 2002. I Miss You!, Circulo Dell'Arte, Madrid, January 2002. Aktion 398, Casa Dell'Americas, Madrid,.January 2002. Oh Lover Boy, part of Arsenic, Lausanne, October 2001. Aktion 398, Klaus Engelhorn 20, Vienna, October 2001. You Make My Heart Go Boom Boom, Kit, Copenhagen, August 2001. Oh Lover Boy, part of Fierce!, Custard Factory, Birmingham, June 2001. Oh Lover Boy, Beaconsfield, London, April 2001.

Selected solo exhibitions

Franko B: Volume 2, Galleria PACK, Milano, Italy, Nov 2004 - Jan 2005 Poverty Is Not A Crime, Neon Gallery, London , March-April 2003. This Is For You (1997-2003), Luke&A Gallery, London, March 2003. Now You Know Me, Klaus Engelhorn 20, Vienna, September-October 2001.

Selected group exhibitions

Faltering Flame, Graves Gallery, Sheffield, Feb-May 2005. Flesh for Fantasy, Palazzo delle Papesse, Sienna, Italy, December 2003 - January 2004. Art, Lies and Videotape, Tate Liverpool, November 2003-January 2004. Urban Networks, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, November 2003-November 2006 Open 2003: arts & cinema, Venice Lido, Italy, August-October 2003. Independence, South London Gallery, June-August 2003. The Antwerp Open, Antwerp, May-June 2001.

Selected screenings:

video And television (UK) My Heart is Broken (video installation), part of National Review of Live Art (NRLA), Glasgow, March 2004. Taxonomy (video collaboration with Tim Etchells), part of Exhumed, Museum of Garden History, London, July 2003; and at Red Room, Tricycle Theatre, London, March 2003. Oh Lover Boy (theme), Rotterdam Film Festival, Holland, January 2003. You Make My Heart Go Boom Boom, South London Gallery, London, November 2002. The Last Few Years (extracts), Arnolfini, Bristol, March 2002.

Awards and prizes

ACE Grant for personal development, 2003-2004. Combined Art Grant, London Arts, 2002-2003; 2000-2001. Visual Arts Fund, London Arts, 2001-2002. One To One Bursary, Live Art Development Agency, 2000-2001. Artsadmin Individual Artist's Bursary 1999. London Hybrid Arts Grant (with Gilles Jobin), London Arts, 1998. Published monographs Still Life (photographic project), text by Tim Etchells. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2003. Oh Lover Boy, essay by Sarah Wilson, interview by Gray Watson. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2001. Franko B, essays By Lois Keidan and Stuart Morgan, photographs by Nicholas Sinclair. London: Black Dog Publishing, 1997. Franko B, Italy: Costa Nolan/Virus & Mutation,1997.

Selected conferences, talks and events

NAKED: Solo Aktion Intervention Reaction (Winter School), National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, Feb 2005 In Conversation with Ron Athey, National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, Feb 2005 Tecnika Radica, University of San Diego, January 2004. Is the Artist Truly Independent? with Frances Morris, part of Independence, South London Gallery, London, June 2003. Architecture and the Contemporary Body, part of Body-Space, University of Sheffield, April 2003. Agenda with Gray Watson, Tate Britain, London 6 March 2003. In Discussion with Sarah Wilson, South London Gallery, November 2002. The Agony and the Ecstasy, part of Ego: A Series of Four Symposia, Old Operating Theatre, London, May 2001.