by Franko B
The collection was born from an encounter with Franko B, performance artist and key figure of the Body Art movement of the 90’s.
FAI BENE Collection delivers the aesthetic sense of the artist in unisex items inspired by his creative imagination: the cross, the chair, the heart, the house, and faces. These icons symbolically reflect the artist’s own difficult past, his bitter personal experience, in a process where art and life come together without ever indulging in self-reference or stereotypes.
FAI BENE Collection emerges from this process with a message of pure and universal love, a call to act with respect towards oneself and ones’ neighbour:
“Be who you want to be.
Follow your heart and your art”
Entirely Made in Italy.
Embossed silk-screen prints, bespoke buttons designed by the artist and hand-stitches.
Dominated by dark tones, the collection designed by Franko B is entirely Made in Italy.
Textured leather, wool, linen canvas fabrics, stretch silk, fleece and cotton jersey are combined to create a new balance of weight.
Embossed silk-screen printing adds depth and tri-dimensionality to soft and voluminous silhouettes. Customised buttons designed by the artist and hand-embroidered with thick threads are a hallmark of the collection and echo the work of Franko B.
For FAI BENE Collection Franko B was teamed up with the Italian designer Valeria Valigi.
Born in Milan in 1960, he moved to London in the 70s, where he still lives and works across media encompassing sculpture, painting, installation and performance.
Key figure of the Body Art movement of the 90’s, Franko B is well known for his provocative durational performances, where he focuses on the vulnerably of the human being through the letting of his own blood. Throughout his practice, he has repeatedly responded to issues of suppression, dogmatism and abuse and to the politics of performing the self.
Franko B has become internationally recognized and has worked with many institution across continents including at the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, the ICA, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Ex Teresa Mexico City, PAC Milan, RU ARTS Moscow, Russia and many more.
His work is in respected private and public institutions, including the Tate Permanent Collection, The V&A Museum, the permanent collection of the city of Milan, Italy as examples.