We first came across the surreal and disturbingly powerful existential performances of Olivier de Sagazan in the Ron Fricke film Samsara.
The Congo-born artist incorporates photography, painting, sculpture and performance into a rather unique hybrid practice. His performance series, titled Transfiguration, involves de Sagazan building layers of paint and clay onto his body and face and then removing them to divulge “an animalistic human who is seeking to break away from the physical world.”
It’s incredibly fascinating and eerily beautiful how this artist conveys his journey of searching, building and destroying an identity.
While the images are undoubtedly creepy, they’re definitely work viewing and discussing.