Andrea Pagnes’ (VestAndPage) response to Franko B’s ‘Because of Love’

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LADA are pleased to make two texts by Andrea Pagnes (VestAndPage) exclusively available. Reading, Because of Love, is a brilliant response to Franko B's Because of Love, and After reading Because of Love continues Andrea's encounter with the text through an open letter to Franko B, to which Franko has responded.

'Page after page, Franko recalls what it means to survive and learn to live, because of love. His words frame fragments of the beauty of his violated landscapes. His troubled childhood, because of privation, loneliness, isolation, suffered abuses and violence, abjection, powerlessness, and psychological traumas. His adolescence spent on the streets and in and out orphanages. His stingy feelings of solitude and belonging nowhere always present (rising even by gazing a simple bottle of water on his bedside table), rarely softened by moments of consolation, e.g. finding a bit of comfort sleeping close to other kids like him. His desire to become independent, an adult, to get power on himself and decision capacity over his life ... With this book, Franko offers us his direct testimony of how vital is for an artist to draw inspiration from the hardest life struggles and transform them into a magmatic material to create thought-provoking, genuine art where the personal becomes universal.' - Andrea Pagnes

The full version of his response to the book is available as a PDF to download

Andrea Pagnes is a performance artist, writer and curator of the Venice International Performance Art Week. Since 2006 he has collaborated with Verena Stenke as VestAndPage. VestAndPage's practice is process-led and conceived psycho-geographically in response to architecture, natural surroundings or historical sites. Titles by Andrea Pagnes are available to buy on Unbound

Franko B is an extraordinary, internationally acclaimed artist who has been making drawings, installations, sculptures, and performances for over 30 years. Because of Love tells the story of his childhood in Italy in an orphanage and at the hands of his abusive family, his journey to London as a young man, his return to Italy many years later as an accomplished artist, and, in between, the story of his life and loves and his becoming an artist.

Because of Love is edited by Lois Keidan and Megan Vaughan, with a preface by Tim Etchells, designed by David Caines, illustrated by Giuditta Fullone, and published by Live Art Development Agency, 2018. Because of Love is available to buy on Unbound

Date Posted: 27 March 2019