Franke has been Head of Visual Arts and Film at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin since 2013. There, he initiated and curated the exhibitions Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War (2017/18), 2 or 3 Tigers (2017), Nervous Systems (2016), Ape Culture (2015), Forensis (2014), The Whole Earth, and After Year Zero (both 2013). He previously worked as a curator at KW Berlin and as director of the Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp. In 2005, he and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus founded the Forum Expanded for the Berlin International Film Festival of which he has been co-curator since. He was the chief curator of the Taipei Biennial in 2012 and of the Shanghai Biennale in 2014. His exhibition project Animism was shown from 2009 until 2014 in collaboration with various partners in Antwerp, Berne, Vienna, Berlin, New York, Shenzhen, Seoul and Beirut. He completed his doctorate from Goldsmiths College, London.
Images: 1) Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War (installation view from Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2017); co-curated with Nida Ghouse, Paz Guevara, and Antonia Majaca. 2) Ape Culture (installation view from Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2015); co-curated with Hila Peleg. 3) Animism (installation view from Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2012).