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CREATED BY DESIGNER ASTRID ȚÎRLEA, THE FULL METAL SHIR IS AN ARMOUR WORN BY THE AUTHOR AT THE OPENING SO AS TO PROTECT HIS BODY FROM HARM. THE CLEAVAGE ON THE BACK IS MEANT TO LEAVE THE OPERATION SCAR BETWEEN HIS SHOULDER BLADES (WHERE THE ORIGINAL MUIAN TATTOO WAS APPLIED) UNCOVERED, A CONTEMPORARY PARALLEL AND DISTORTION OF SIEGFRIED`S WEAKNESS AS DESCRIBED IN THE NIBELUNGENLIED: MUIAN, PERCEIVED AS THE AUTHOR`S ”WEAK POINT”, HAS BEEN THE TARGET AND PRETEXT OF VIOLENCE, BLACKMAIL AND INTIMIDATION ATTEMPTS DURING THE STAGES OF MUIAN LEADING UP TO THE PRESENT EXHIBITION. HOWEVER, UNLIKE SIEGFRIED, THE AUTHOR MADE CERTAIN TO MARK HIS ”WEAK SPOT” HIMSELF AND THEN HAVE IT SEVERED FROM HIS BODY, A WOUND THAT BROUGHT DEATH TO SIEGFRIED, BUT A MORAL HIGH-GROUND AND POWER BASE TO THE AUTHOR. FULL METAL SHIRT IS NOT A CORE-PART OF MUIAN, BUT AN EFFICIENT MEANS FOR REMINDING DILETTANTES APPALLED BY WHAT THEY MAY INTERPRET AS ”MINDLESS VANDALISM” OR DESTRUCTION OF TRADITIONAL AND ”CLASSICAL” VALUES BY MUIAN OF THE AUTHOR AND CURATOR`S CONCEPTUAL PLAYFULNESS AND MASTERY OF ART HISTORY AND, OF COURSE, A WONDERFUL PRETEXT FOR THE AUTHOR HIMSELF TO SHOW OFF DRESSED IN GOLD AND FURTHER CAUSE ANNOYANCE.

MUIAN CHAPTER IX – FULL METAL SHIRT

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