In Upakovka 5, the artist stood naked in a room in the house. Nobody was allowed to enter the space. Viewers followed the performance through video monitors positioned in the main rooms downstairs. Starting with her arms the artist wrapped her body in grey packing tape. The action became increasingly slow and difficult as the movements became hindered by the packaging. The only punctuation to this painful procedure was the rhythmic crackling of the tape as it was unrolled and re-glued around the body. A performance of raw power and energy the audience witnessed the artist’s performance mediated through the eye of the camera. Marina Perchikhina is a leading Russian performance artist who has exhibited internationally in Germany, Sweden and extensively in Russia.
- When 24 November 2000