Destructive performance art

Other Names:
Dangerous body decoration

In 1993, a 46 year old French artist had her face "sculpted" by a plastic surgeon to resemble pieces of famous paintings, including the forehead of Leonardo's Mona Lisa and the chin of Botticelli's Venus. A one-hour live TV broadcast, and a five-hour video of the operation was made. It was described as an external transformation of identity to match the change in internal identity which had taken place in the woman as a result of 23 years of psychoanalysis. The pop singer, Michael Jackson, had transformed his appearance by changing his skin colour and many aspects of his facial structure. Many other popular artists use plastic surgery, tattooing, and other body changes as if it were an art object.


Narrower Problems:
Harmful tattooing
Using performance art
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST