Franko B: Milk + Blood
Friday 10th March 2017
“I want to make work that matters;
this is the only dignified reason to live”
Milk + Blood: A performance by artist Franko B will tour the UK and Internationally from Summer 2016
Internationally recognised as a pioneering performance artist, Franko B uses both his body and a punch bag as democratic apparatus in Milk + Blood. Appropriating the sport of boxing for thirteen two minute rounds of mental and physical grit.
The performance is a fixed image of endurance and struggle embellished in gold. The artist strides and shuffles around his opponent, a milk bleeding punch bag, while reciting epithetic phrases and mantric incantations, responding to personal traumas, societal ills, corrupt politics and barbaric conflict. The performance becomes a metaphor for an ephemeral battle against the tribulations of postmodernity.
In this uncompromising performance Franko B returns to the seminal aesthetics of the wound. Milk will bleed, but blood is still the story.
“Milk + Blood reminds us that the match may be fixed, the result may not be comprehensible in terms of success or failure, but we will bleed. Regardless of ability, strength, stance, endurance, we will bleed. As Franko B asserts, although we cannot change the fact of our bleeding, we can choose what we bleed for.” Nisha Ramayya, Exuent Magazine, 10 July 2016.