Franko B “I’m Here” a new performance
I’m Here is a new performance by Franko B, in collaboration with Anthony Martin. Known internationally as a pioneering performance artist, Franko B revisits his seminal bleeding works for the first time in 15 years using 360 ° body mapping techniques. The deep cuts, sometimes exaggerated and distorted, are interwoven with 7,000 images from the internet, to show a global story of war, abandonment, homophobia, freedom, displacement, famine and sex through the lens of the camera. The performance confronts viewers with an emotionally charged, choreographed experience that ultimately equates the pain of the individual with the open wounds of society.
The past is part of our present. It has never left us but evolves rather than repeating itself; it continues to allow us to make the same mistakes. I believe this is valid for both the personal and the political. I’m Here tries to express these two connected worlds. He does not revisit the past in a romantic or melancholy way but questions and reinterprets it.
– Franko B
Throughout 2021, I’m Here is touring the UK to: Arnolfini, Bristol; Colchester Arts Center, Colchester; Globe Gallery, Newcastle; Norwich Arts Center, Norwich; Ugly Duck, London.
On September 11, 2021 there will be three performances of I’m Here at Ugly Duck, London –
6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. I’m Here is a collaboration with a / Politics and supported with the help of public funding by the National Lottery Project Grant from the Arts Council
NEXT TOUR DATES: Ugly Duck, London: September 11, 2021, Arnolfini, Bristol: October 2, 2021, Norwich Arts Center: October 21, 2021, Colchester Arts Center: November 10, 2021
Born in Milan, Italy, 1960. Franko B moved to London in 1979, integrating into the anarcho-punk scene. He started performing at nightclubs including the legendary FIST fetish party and, thanks to his bloody performances, was later
responsible for the introduction of subversive body art in major artistic institutions including ICA, Tate Modern and Arnolofini. A pioneering artist, Franko B uses his body as a tool to explore themes of the personal, the political, the poetic, resistance, suffering and the remembrance of our own mortality. Perusing the media on a daily basis, his work responds to contemporary politics through the prism of the vulnerable individual. His practice encompasses curating, drawing, installation, performance and sculpture. franko-b.com
With a degree in engineering and graphic design, Anthony Martin set up his design studio in 2005. In 2009, he became assistant to contemporary artist Andrei Molodkin, working alongside him on the development of the experimental art space The Foundry , constructed from a 19th century metal. foundry in Midi-Pyrenees, France. He has also worked on the production and graphic design of projects with renowned artists such as Santiago Sierra, Andres Serrano and Erik Bulatov. In 2017, Anthony Martin joined the non-profit a / Policy as Production and Design Manager, affirming his visual signature, designing and carrying out large-scale industrial projects.
sculptures, paintings and installations around the world.
a / politic explores radical knowledge through the principle of Cultural Terror. Working with artists and agitators, collective platforms raise voices that challenge the dominant narratives of our time. a / political functions through interventions, commissions and a collection of modern and contemporary art. a-politique.org
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