The action: After my talk I ask the audience to leave their chairs and come closer to me. Without any form of mirror, I ask them to guide me verbally to place the tattoo machine in the middle of my forehead between my brows, in order to make a mark with red ink. Eventually I hand them the tattoo machine so that they can do the final touches.

From: ‘Enlightenment’, performance. Featured in the symposium ‘Love, Pain, Intimacy in Live Art’. Queen Mary University (London 2018) Picture: Orlando Myxx


From: ‘Bench’, performance. Featured in ‘Visualeyez’ annual festival of performance art, curated by Todd Janes. With the support of Laitude 53 art gallery and Edmonton Art Council. Beaver Hills House Park. Edmonton. Canada. Picture by: Sandra Der.

Read the article: http://www.visualeyez.org/2017/12/18/ivan-lupi-bench/


I stand in a room in the dark. The audience can enter the room one person at a time and contemplate the palms of my hands softly lit by a spotlight.

From: ‘Spotlight’, performance. Featured in the exhibition ‘Experimenting with a wunderkammer of vanitas’, curated by Mario Casanova. MACT/CACT Contemporary Art Ticino. Bellinzona. Switzerland. Picture from the video by: Pier Giorgio De Pinto Pro © Litteris/Zurich.