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Razor head: The performance art of Marina Abramovic

  • Sean Spence (a1)
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In psychiatric studies of artists, performance art has been relatively neglected. The work of Marina Abramovic places emphasis upon the crossing of limits: both physical and mental. Here the self-wounding which occurs in such a context is contrasted with that seen in the psychiatric setting, among those diagnosed as having ‘personality disorders'.

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BJPsych Bulletin
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  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Razor head: The performance art of Marina Abramovic

  • Sean Spence (a1)
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