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Rafael Montanez Ortiz

Polaroid 1989

New York performance artist Rafael Montanez Ortiz plays the piano.
In his manifesto "Destructivism", Ortiz emphasizes the "need to retain unconscious integrity" and continues: "The artist’s sense of destruction will no longer be turned inward in fear. The art that utilizes the destructive processes will purge, for as it gives death, so it will give to life."
Ortiz’s performance work had a strong influence on Arthur Janov’s formulation of ‘primal scream’ psychotherapy.

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