Franko B and Dr Maria Fannin In Conversation
University of Bristol Theatre Collection, 21 Park Row, BS8 1UP (Lecture Room 3.13)
Visual artist, curator and teacher Franko B will be joined in conversation by human geographer Dr Maria Fannin, whose research delves into the ‘tissue economies’ of blood and other substances, drawing on feminist approaches to health and medical technology.
Gaining recognition during the rise of performance and live art in the 1990s, Franko’s work has included the practice of bloodletting, which will form part of this fascinating discussion into the language we use to discuss the giving and receiving of blood in society. Touching on both the personal and the political, the conversation will explore the provocation for Franko’s practice as well as its reception, considering what happens to the human traces of these performances once they enter the archive.
This event is part of a wider series of public events including an exhibition, symposium and workshop, funded by the Wellcome Trust, that marks the end of a larger project to catalogue, conserve and widen access to Franko B's Archive, donated by the artist to the Theatre Collection in 2008 where it is now fully accessible.
Free, but booking essential.