Contributor Tiarney Miekus is an editor at Art Guide Australia and a Melbourne-based writer whose work has also appeared in The Age, The Australian, un Magazine, Meanjin, RealTime, Overland and The Lifted Brow (Online). She is the producer of the Art Guide Australia podcast.
Mike Parr on catharsis and confrontation
Since the 1960s Mike Parr has been defining performance art. Known for his performances of extremis, from hacking off a fake arm to burying himself underneath a Tasmanian road for three days. With a new, three-part exhibition at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Parr talks about catharsis, the institutionalisation of performance art, and the motivations behind what he does.