INCORRUPTIBLE FLESH, MESSIANIC REMAINS
This performance is the fourth installation in the Incorruptible Flesh series. “Messianic Remains” extends Athey’s exploration of the continuation of his own post-AIDS body. Previous installments were done in collaboration with the late Lawrence Steger, (who died of AIDS in 1999), and in the new millennium with London-based artist Dominic Johnson. Between 1996 and 2007, performances took place in Glasgow, Chelsea Theatre in London, and at the funerals of Leigh Bowery in New York and Amsterdam. As in earlier works in the series, Athey rides the grandiose myth of enlightenment that only the face of death may reveal.
Commissioned by Human Resources, Los Angeles