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Michael Haneke by Lawrence Chua
Bomb Haneke Body

After seeing my first Michael Haneke film, I left the theater sick to my stomach. Perhaps this is not the most obvious compliment to pay a director, but there is a visceral effect to Haneke’s work that I would be remiss in not sharing.

Catherine Gund-Saalfield by Kendall Thomas
Saalfield 1 Body

Law Professor Kendall Thomas talks to the director about Hallelujah!, her latest documentary on the controversial performance artist Ron Athey. Thomas and Gund-Saalfield hash out the questions of religion, pain, and pleasure his performances provoke.

Kathy O’Dell’s Contract With the Skin: Masochism, Performance Art, and the 1970s by Coco Fusco
Bomb 65 O Dell
Hillary Johnson by Patrick McGrath
Holy Pictures: Poem for Robert Mapplethorpe by Paul Schmidt

1. Verdict

Stand and look up.

Robert Mapplethorpe by Gary Indiana
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A discussion between long-time BOMB contributor Gary Indiana and the late Robert Mapplethorpe on the New York art scene of the late 1980s and the difficulties of intimacy, comfort and eroticism in photography and portraiture.

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