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Mike Parr:

Decapitations and Protestations:

Cut, Burn, Stitch and Draw

By Michael Young

Mike Parr during the installation of "Here, 1975-2008," at Detached, Hobart, 2008. Photo by Paul Green.

Australia’s veteran of visceral performances has survived four decades of ravaging his body and the status quo.

Testing the limits of his physical and mental endurance, Mike Parr has cut, branded, stitched, burned and nailed his body in the pursuit of his art. The blood that covers him during his performances is not always his own—some of his works have involved beheading roosters and stringing their bodies

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