On the 8th of January, Art historian Amelia Jones will be joined by artist and Sang Bleu friend Ron Athey to discuss the relevance of sexuality in contemporary art, from expression to repression, exploring how the term has shifted in tandem with artistic and theoretical debates.

These photographs were taken by Devin Blair of Ron Athey for the 6th issue of Sang Bleu and we have shared a selection of them with you today in light of this sure to be fascinating and insightful conversation taking place in the new year.


Ron Athey is an American performance artist associated with body art and with extreme performance art. He has a talent for finding the borderline between horror and desire and for harnessing the fear/curiosity paradox and our innate morbidity. It is an ability borne out of the contrast in his own life: a polarisation of strict fundamentalist childhood and reckless abandon in adulthood. Athey’s work explores challenging subjects like the relationships between desire, sexuality, and traumatic experience. Many of his works include aspects of S&M in order to confront preconceived ideas about the body in relation to masculinity and religious iconography.

Proceed with caution.