This photograph relates to a performance called `Lips of Thomas? from 1973, in which the artist tested her physical endurance. In the manner of offering herself as a ritual sacrifice, Abramovic ate a kilogram of honey, drank a litre of red wine, and cut a five-pointed star into her stomach with a razor blade. She then whipped herself until she could no longer feel any pain and finally lay on a cross made of ice. The photograph is from a portfolio called `Dear Stieglitz,? named in homage to Alfred Stieglitz, the photographer and gallery owner who published the art-photography journal `Camera Work? in the early Twentieth century. The portfolio features the work of artists whose photography `shows an obvious, personal and also very outspoken attitude towards their surroundings.?