ACTION N. 2 – On the surface of the Self – Performance + Relic

On the Surface of the Self - Needle and fingerprints

On the Surface of the Self - Needle and fingerprints

How much are others complicit in the evolution of our identity, and in what ways?
How the body is involved in this evolution?
Perhaps self-generating wounds can be thresholds through which we have the opportunity to know ourselves and understand who we are.
If Caravaggio turned the sacred into flesh, Amae turns the flesh in an object of cult in its exploration of the identity.
In each of the previous performances, from “On the Skin” until “In Remembrance of Me”, Amae availed itself of the collaboration of professional tattooists. For this latest performance it has been decided to experiment self-tattoo as a completion of the creative process. It is a process that ties with the instinct to write down the ideas directly on the skin.The self-tattoo can be seen as the perfect action. Nothing more than the needle which pierces and spreads the ink inside the skin can synthetise the need of the body to fix a concept by trying to reduce the risk of losing it. And nothing more than the artist’s skin who illuminates and realises the incision could be a better surface for the expression of this creative process.

Amae already conceived the body as the only canvas made to contain all the painting of the whole life inside the same frame, but previously the artist still needed an external tool (the tattooist), now the assemblage is complete: the idea, the concept, the memory are incised directly on the skin without ever having leave the artist’s body, without ever being transferred from the body elsewhere, but simply from the inside to the surface, simply redefining it, emerging from the abyss of thought.


Vicky

Action n. 2 - On the surface of the Self - Vicky.

"the knife"

Action n. 2 - On the surface of the Self

Ana

Action n. 2 - On the surface of the Self - Ana.

"the knife"

Action n. 2 - On the surface of the Self - The Knife.

Tattoo n. 21

Action n. 2 - On the surface of the Self. The open wound: identity.

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