The Californian body-artist, who has survived the AIDS crisis not without scars, combined in a recently created play in New York texts by Georges Bataille, the scandalous French writer, Brian Gysin, the beat poet, and figures of headless men: Hitler, the Minotaur, and Louis XVI of France. Camp and flamboyant.
Ron Athey (US)
Ron Athey, born in Connecticut but lived mainly in Los Angeles and in the United Kingdom, is an iconic figure in the contemporary art and performance scene. In his deliberately bloody portrayals of life, death, crisis, and fortitude in the age of AIDS, Athey questions the limits of artistic practice. These limits enable the artist to explore key themes such as gender, sexuality, extreme sex, queer activism, postpunk and industrial culture, tattooing and body modifications, ritual, religion… Notable performances in his career that began in the 1980s, Trilogy Torture (1992-1996), Solar Anus (1999), Judas Cradle (2004-2005), Incorruptible Flesh (Messianic Remains) (2013).
Studio Thor, Brussels
Concept and performance: Ron Athey. Director (at the creation stage): Sean Griffin. Sound design: Opera Povera. Art direction, mask and heads: Hermes Pittakos. Wigs: Christian Warren Landon, aka The Wig Daddy. Videoography: Graham Kolbeins. Lighting design: Antigona Gonzalez. Video creation : Robin A. Ediger-Seto. A commission from Performance Space (New York). A co-presentation of Studio Thor and Bozar for the Trouble #10 festival.