Giuseppe Penone
To Unroll One’s Skin 1970

Artwork details

Giuseppe Penone born 1947
To Unroll One’s Skin
Svolgere la propria pelle
Date 1970
Medium 648 photographs, gelatin silver print on paper, mounted onto 18 panels
Dimensions Panel, each: 535 x 735 x 25 mm
Acquisition Presented by Tate Members 2011
Not on display

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This is one of a number of works in which Penone uses the surface of the body to explore the relationship between sight and touch. Each of the individual photographs in this work shows a small rectangle of clear glass pressed against the artist’s skin. Together, the more than six hundred images document every part of his body. Arranged in a grid, it is as if his body has been broken up into a series of flattened planes, a process that resembles a kind of map-making.

July 2015

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