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MIRACLE WORKER

COUM Transmissions poster (detail), 1973. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti.

IN 2017, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge was diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia. Since then, P-Orridge has slowly transformed h/er Instagram (@pandrogyne) into an astonishing living museum of h/er many incarnations. The posts are sporadic, but when they flow across my feed, they are immediately recognizable—alien, astonishing, yet clearly linked. Sometimes it’s a blurry, sepia-toned Polaroid of two androgynous youths dressed in period clothes from a period that never existed. Sometimes it’s a straightforward and evidently recent pic of friends hanging out. Sometimes it’s a shelfie packed with books and photos and amulets. Sometimes it’s a close-up of a hand with a hospital wristband and an IV needle stuck to it with bloodstained tape.

The feed is brutally honest. If you cut open On Kawara’s series “I Am Still Alive,” 1969–2000, with a surgical knife, you would find the viscera

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