IT HURTS – Art, performance and pain

Dominic Johnson

WED, 15 March 2017
Aksioma | Project Space, Ljubljana

We are all familiar with pain, from that of the minor twinge to devastating injury or illness, to emotional pain. Yet we struggle to articulate the particularity of our hurt. Making an object of one’s pain has been a frequent project for historical and contemporary art, from paintings depicting great duress, to performances that harness self-injury as a formal technique. This lecture introduces key works in art and performance and asks how artists deal with the constitutive manner in which pain evades representation and communication.

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