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Shelf life, 2004
Shelf life, 2004
Franko B was born in Milan and has lived in London since 1979. He has been creating work across video, photography, performance, painting, installation, sculpture and mixed media since 1990. He has performed at Tate Modern, the ICA, South London Gallery and Beaconsfield. He has presented work internationally, including in Zagreb, Mexico City, Milan, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Copenhagen, Madrid and Vienna, and most recently at London's Great Eastern Hotel, and Tate Liverpool. Franko B lectures widely, including at Das Art, New York University and the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has been the subject of two monographs, 'Franko B' (Black Dog Publishing 1998) and 'Oh Lover Boy' (2001) and a photographic project entitled 'Still Life' (2003).
Two Faced Bitch
Two Faced Bitch
My work focuses on the visceral, where the body is a canvas and an unmediated site for representation of the sacred, the beautiful, the untouchable, the unspeakable and for the pain, the love, the hate, the loss, the power and the fears of the human condition.
feel nothing - photo Manuel Vason 2003
feel nothing - photo Manuel Vason 2003
Bike, 2004
Bike, 2004
Installation, Great Eastern Hotel
Installation, Great Eastern Hotel
I have been working with found mostly “domestic” objects that I wrap with bloodied canvas from my performances such as I miss you (Tate Modern/Live Culture, March 2003). I have also made paintings with the canvas or with the baby wipes that I use to clean up after the performances have taken place. In this instance, all the work produced is a product of "recycling" in more than one way.By covering the "found " objects that were discarded or thrown away, I give them a new lease of life by making them mine, or symbolically giving them love and a new home.
Tate Modern/Live Culture, 2003
Tate Modern/Live Culture, 2003
EVENTS.....Group show at the Courtlauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand WC2R 0RN - From November 2003. www.eastwingcollection.org.ukNational Review of Live Art - a Franko B talk - Thursday 18th March 2004. Venue - The Arches, Glasgow. Video installation 19th and 20th March 2004.www.newmoves.co.ukGroup show ‘Art, Lies and Videotape’ at the Tate, Liverpool - 14th November 2003 to 25th January 2004. www.tate.org.uk/liverpool
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