Ritter, 1992 First edition Softcover with dust jacket, 464 pages, 248 x 280 mm. Text in German Condition: Near Fine
Rudolf Schwarzkogler (1940-1969) was an Austrian performance artist closely associated with the Viennese Actionism group, a movement centered around anarchic, often violent and sexually charged performances. They created ritualistic Actions aimed at releasing repressed desires and bringing about a state of cathartic awareness through acts which often subverted traditional authorities and broke taboos.
Schwarzkogler's actions and concepts can be seen as pioneers of the performance and body language art of the seventies. He never worked in front of an audience, but exclusively for photographers. In white rooms he arranged still life pictures in which he relates human bodies, naked and bandaged to objects such as hypodermic needles, knives, scissors and razor blades. In this way he creates metaphors of human vulnerability and existential exposure that evoke feelings of oppression and fear, all confuse the relationship between healing and pain.
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