The performance challenges the dualities that underpin the dominant visualization of the body as solid and impermeable. Skin is penetrable on the surface and it allows access between inside and outside. I have tried to explore the political effectivity of female self-mutilation and if the body's authentic presence is assured by the experience of pain. I am also questioning if my masochistic corporeal displays can be seen as an intersubjective contingency and thereby claim immanence of the self and my subjectivity in the patriarchal discourse.