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Rudolf Schwarzkogler 

'3rd Action', 1965

The artist depicted himself via a half-naked body folded on itself in a really uncomfortable way. The body language constricts the body and encloses it in a small space. The figure is partially wrapped in bandages, which suggests concealing and covering oneself. 

The bandaging, wires and the hospital bed act as attributes and symbols of a clinical aesthetic. Within the context it conveys a ritualistic performance. 

As the artist himself explained, the performance had a lot to say about repressed desires, thus the performance is created out of acts, which break the taboos and subverts the social norms. 

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