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Artist’s own ‘dead’ body shocks gallery-goers

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Artist Jeremy Miller has made the ultimate sacrifice for art by putting his drowned corpse on public display.

He is, thankfully, still alive, but you may pay to see an eerily death-like cast of his water-logged and decaying mortal coil in England.

The work is part of an exhibition of ‘selfies’, a viral art form, arguably the height of vanity, popularised by uber-celebrities like the famous-for-being-famous Kim Kardashian.

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The fake corpse is sprawled on the floor of the Turner Contemporary in Margate, a town in Kent.

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The macabre ‘selfie’ is inspired by a 19th century hoax.

Mr Millar, 44, a tutor at the Royal College of Art in London, told local media that he did not intend to shock his gallery-goers, although that seems to be precisely what he has done.

“I understand that some people might consider the work unpleasant,” he said.

“Of course, the greatest shock was mine alone, on seeing it for the first time. This is something which you never expect to see: yourself, dead.”

Riddled with holes and looking like a fresh retrieval from the Thames, Self-Portrait as a Drowned Man is named after a hoax photo by Hyppolute Bayard, who faked a picture of his own suicide in 1840 to protest the fact that no-one recognised him as the inventor of photography.

The Self exhibition features more than 100 self-portraits from modern artists like Andy Warhol to the 16th century Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck.

It can be seen until May 10.

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