Suicide no 8945 till 8948
Guido van der Werve, 2001, 1'06''

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We can see Van der Werve, who is just not looking into the lens of the camera. His face is almost expressionless, but for a hint of childish innocence. After a few seconds, he puts a pistol to his head and fires. Blood sprays onto the leaves of the plant behind him. His face remains motionless, except for a slight movement of his eyes. He seems to be inwardly digesting the shot and be waiting to feel its effects. Nothing else happens for a while. Then a second shot rings out, and once more, a gush of blood turns the green plant red, but no further effects materialise. The calm self-killer repeats his act four times. You could see it as an ironic comment on his profession; it suggests that whatever gesture he makes as an artist, even if it is the ultimate act o suicide, the effect may be nonexistent. The drama simply refuses to turn into tragedy. Read more...

  • Date: 2001
  • Length: 1'06''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: body art, pastiche / fake, performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: registration (technique), art, artist, death, identity, life