Toynbee Court Room, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street E1 6AB , 27 July 2015

Milk + Blood: A new performance by artist Franko B

Franko B (Milan, 1960) will showcase Milk + Blood at Toynbee Studios - his first London performance for over two years. Internationally recognised as a pioneering performance artist, Franko B will use 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. Located in Toynbee’s atmospheric Court Room, a former juvenile court, Milk & Blood appropriates the aesthetics of boxing for twelve 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.

‘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

Schedule

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