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ORLAN

creates sculptures, photographs, performances, videos, videogames, and augmented reality, using scientific and medical technics like surgery and biogenetic. Those are only mediums for her; the idea prevails and the materiality pursues. ORLAN makes her own body the medium, the raw material, and the visual support of her work. It takes place as the “public debate.” She is a major figure of body art and of “carnal art,” as she defined it in her 1989 manifesto. Her commitment and her liberty are an integral part of her work. She defends innovative, interrogative and subversive, positions throughout her work. ORLAN constantly and radically changes the data, which disrupts conventions and “ready-made thinking.” She is opposed to natural determinism, in all forms of social and political domination, male supremacy, religion, cultural segregation and racism, etc. Always mixed with humor, often parodic or even grotesque, her provocative artworks can shock because she shakes up the pre-established codes. ORLAN won the E-reputation award, designating the most observed and followed artist on the Web.
Other texts by ORLAN for DIAPHANES
  • art theory
  • photography
  • conversation
  • contemporary art