Book launches: Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey

Ron Athey is an iconic figure in contemporary art and performance. In his frequently bloody portrayals of life, death, crisis, and fortitude in the time of AIDS, Athey calls into question the limits of artistic practice. These limits enable Athey to explore key themes including gender, sexuality, radical sex, queer activism, postpunk and industrial culture, tattooing and body modification, ritual, and religion.

Launch events in London and Bristol will mark the publication of the first book dedicated to Athey’s work, Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey, edited by Dominic Johnson:

Pleading in the blood: an evening with Ron Athey
Tate Modern, London, Saturday 21 September 2013, 7pm. £5 / £4 conc
An evening of presentations from Athey and Johnson; screenings of short videos by Athey; readings from Pleading in the Blood; with special guest Bruce LaBruce. The event will also include rare screenings of Solar Anus, 1998, Ronnie Lee, 2002 and Vena Mae, 2002. Please note this event has now sold out 

Ron Athey: Pleading In The Blood
Arnolfini, Bristol, Thursday 26 September 2013, 6.30pm. Free/donations.
This event will include readings from the book, screenings of Athey’s short films including Solar Anus, vignettes from his new solo performance Incorruptible Flesh: Messianic Remains, and special guests.

Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey is available to buy on Unbound for only £25.00. Published by the Live Art Development Agency and Intellect, as part of the Intellect Live series.

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"Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey", published by the Live Art Development Agency and Intellect, 2013.

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