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ORLAN Technology Retrospective


Saint-Etienne, b.1947


Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul

Image courtesy of the museum


ORLAN is one of the most provocative artists of today, always pushing the artistic boundaries, and defying the laws of nature and social norms. She has dedicated her career to self-invention using various media including the traditional, technological and medical.

Working with photography, video, sculpture, painting, body, mass media, satellite broadcasting, and biotechnology, she champions hybridization through changing identities, and examines the polemics that arise in the fields of philosophy, politics, sociology, archaeology, and religion.

ORLAN is recognized as a major figure of body art, more specifically “carnal art” as she defined in her 1992 manifesto. The artist renders her body a unit of measurement, an artistic medium, and a subject for experiments.