In the past years, I have sent letters to major museums to express my interest in donating and bequeathing my artwork, which is my body, to museums. A question I try to ask is that a performance artist body, both functions as a “subject” and an “object,” whether or not is collectible. The body is the material for the performance artist to work, and it is the ultimate work of art. If art museums are defined through a tradition of object-oriented display, and if the performance artist is willing to let his/her body to be owned by museums, is it possible to be part of museums’ collection?
Photo courtesy of the artist