Franko B – Artists’ Talk, Milk & Blood Performance & After Party

Dates & Times:
Thursday 1st December 2016
(See below for exact times)

Artists’ Talk:

Performance: Milk and Blood
7:30pm – 9:30pm

After Party:
10pm – Late
(Including DJ set from Franko, plus interventions and happenings)

Booking required: Book tickets
* Ticket includes admission to Artists’ Talk, Performance & Afterparty!

Venue: Patrick Studios
East Street Arts, St Mary’s Lane, Leeds, LS9 7EH

Internationally renowned artist Franko B arrives in Leeds this Autumn to present his new performance work ‘Milk and Blood’ at Patrick Studios along with a complementary programme of events to include exhibition, artists talk and after party, where Franko himself will DJ. This programme is brought to you in collaboration between East Street Arts, Live Art Bistro and Leeds Beckett University Performing Arts.

Performance – Milk and Blood

Milk & Blood appropriates the aesthetics of boxing for thirteen two minute rounds of mental and physical endurance. Exploring themes of pain, eroticism, revulsion, ecstasy and masculinity, the performance becomes a metaphor for social struggle and the ability to overcome.
Internationally recognised as a pioneering performance artist, Franko B uses both his body and a punch bag as democratic tools, embodying notions of the personal, political and poetic. In this unprecedented performance Franko B returns to the seminal aesthetics of the wound. Milk will bleed.

‘Looking introspectively, I can truly say that I have successfully wrecked my career as a “bleeding” artist and continued my lust for life thanks to language.’ – Franko B

Milk & Blood is supported by Arts Council England and presented in collaboration with a/political.
Franko B would like to thank a/political, Lee Steggles, Dawn Manners, Becky Haghpanah-Shirwan, Steve Wald, Yuki Kobayashi, Thomas Qualmann, Gill Lloyd, The Bureau of Silly Ideas, Gamba Shoes, Hillary Wili and Katie McPhee.

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The Franko B Milk & Blood Performance & After Party is also linked to the Franko B Insignificant Exhibition

Franko B

Born in Milan in 1960, Franko B moved to England in the late 1970s. The Italian artist’s work was originally based on the bloody violation of his own body, however he has since embraced a wide variety of media including video, photography, painting, installation, and sculpture.
The life and work of Franko is situated somewhere between isolation and seduction, benevolence and confrontation, suffering and eroticism, punk and poetry. Caught up in the non-conformist scene of S&M, tattoos, drugs and hard techno, Franko B found his iconoclastic core during his early performances.

A controversial performer, Franko B caused a stir in 2003 when in the iconic I Miss You in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern he walked the runway, illuminated by florescent tubes, blood flowing from his veins, dripping over his naked white body and onto the canvased floor. Isolated and exposed on stage, his blood was offered as a reflection of society’s vulnerability. ‘We are all bleeding inside’ Franko B avowed.