Paris, 8 April 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA).
A French artist is inhabiting the inside of a bear carcass in a two-week-long performance piece at Paris’s Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature.
Abraham Poincheval is performing “Dans la peau de l’ours” (In the skin of the bear), in which he occupies a space measuring 1.6m x 1.2m x 2.6m. The bear has been specially designed in skin and fur from a Canadian black bear, and took three months to create. Eating, sleeping and relieving himself inside the animal for thirteen days, Poincheval is to be forced to confront issues of humanity, in a work which sees him “become” the animal.
The artist, born in 1972 in Alençon, is no stranger to performance installations that test his physical limits: in 2012 in Marseille he shut himself in a 60cm x 160m hole in the ground for seven days, and in 2013, embarked on another week-long burial underneath the city hall in Tours.
As well as the essentials for Poincheval to survive for 13 days, the bear is also equipped with a camera, which is broadcasting a live stream of the performance via the museum’s website.