Around 2 o'clock pm on July 28th 1962 I tried to drink 5 meters of bandage in a bar on the Grimaud beach

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Erik Dietman tried to drink 5 meters of bandage. Excerpt from Olle Granath’s text Transes (to Van Garde), L'Irrégulier n°3, Galerie Zannettacci, Geneva 1982 :

"there is a series of photographs dating from one of his first years in France, at the beginning of the 60s. We can see him in a bar on the coast, in Sainte-Maxime, swallowing 5 meters of bandage with the help of an unknown quantity of pints of beer. These amusing images often make those who look at them laugh. But they cannot be considered as a mere comment on an ordinary stomach injury. The wound that needed healing was located in language itself. In Sweden, he had been defeated and knocked out by bureaucratic language, to which he could not identify himself, by a society that refused to accept his irregularities and his basic pacifism. In France, he was considered to be a foreigner. But he was not the only one to be wounded because of a lack of the right language. Everything he saw on his way reflected his own situation and expressly cried out for bandages. Which is how Erik Dietman became the King of Band-Aids" […]
Planche de huit photographies de l'action reproduite in <em>Erik Dietman</em>, 15 juin-29 août 1994, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Erik Dietman | photographie de la performance "Around 2 o'clock pm on july 28th 1962 I tried to drink 5 meters of bandage in a bar on the Grimaud beach", 1962 | Planche de huit photographies de l'action reproduite in Erik Dietman, 15 juin-29 août 1994, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris | photographie : © DR | courtesy de l'artiste
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Erik Dietman
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Erik Dietman
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in catalogue Erik Dietman, 15 juin-29 août 1994, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, pp.184-187
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