Contract with the Skin: Masochism, Performance Art and the 1970's

Contract with the Skin: Masochism, Performance Art and the 1970's

by Kathy O'Dell
     
 

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Having oneself shot. Putting out fires with the bare hands and feet. Biting the body and photographing the marks. Sewing one's own mouth shut--all in front of an audience. What do these kinds of performances tell us about the social and historical context in which they occurred? Fascinating and accessibly written, CONTRACT WITH THE SKIN addresses the question in…  See more details below

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Having oneself shot. Putting out fires with the bare hands and feet. Biting the body and photographing the marks. Sewing one's own mouth shut--all in front of an audience. What do these kinds of performances tell us about the social and historical context in which they occurred? Fascinating and accessibly written, CONTRACT WITH THE SKIN addresses the question in relation to psychoanalytic and legal concepts of masochism. 34 photos.

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Henry Sayre
The strength of O'Dell's book lies in her uncanny sense of our relation to photographic documentation....The photograph doesat its bestreflect something that we recognize as a part of ourselves that hasuntil the moment we see itremained hidden....[In] performance art...the artist is acting out what has been culturally sublimated. —Art Journal

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ISBN-13:
9780816628872
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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