Thursday, September 15, 2016

redesigning the body today


Above, Mexican tattoo star Mary Jose Cristerna, known as the "La Mujer Vampiro" ("the female vampire"), poses during a tattoo exhibition, Caracas, January, 2012.


Cristerna shifts "freak" to art.  What she does is reassigning & appropriating what cannot be classified:

design surface ---> skin,
design ---> self
message ---> performativity

She is not alone:  Orlan is an inspiration. 

On the other hand, you have the opposite effect w Lady Gaga, who takes "freak" to make it politically correct. This is another way of normalizing. Gaga is the political correctness of Madonna for the 21st century.