arh346: History of Graphic Design (and more)
Thursday, February 7, 2013
(re)Designing the body
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.