00:03:27 On Vulnerability
00:12:44 On Love
00:21:35 On Integrity
00:31:15 On Discrimination
00:38:50 On Dissent, Resistance, Memory and Intimacy
00:45:56 On Utopias
00:53:37 On Freedom and Failure
00:57:07 On Violence
01:03:00 On Language
01:05:15 On Blood in Performance
01:14:45 On Education and the Digital
In our third conversation of the momentum series, Andrea Pagnes (VestAndPage) talks with Italian artist Franko B about that which constitutes and springs out of love and hope. The two artists look into the poetic qualities of vulnerability as the source of artistic and personal integrity. They speak about the function of art as a language to place dissent and resistance. They question violence and its artistic symbolism, precisely that one concerning their Italian cultural background, and inquire into the quest for freedom and our failures that accompany it.
Franko B makes performances, drawings, installations and sculptures. Since 1979, he lives and works in London. He is Professor of Sculpture at l'Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti di Torino, and a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art in London. Franko is an artist who doesn't separate life from practice, with his work situated somewhere between isolation and seduction, kind-heartedness and confrontation, suffering and eroticism, punk and poetry. His concern is to make the unbearable bearable and provoke the viewers to reconsider their understanding of beauty and suffering. He uses his body as a metaphor for social struggle, where the personal becomes political and structures his unique poetics. Projecting the confluence of love and pain, Franko B demonstrates that the characteristics and critical events that compose the essentials of human existence can be reformed, that is, the human condition.
Welcome to the momentum of April 25, 2021.