Artist Eats His Own Hip for a Romantic Dinner with His Girlfriend


That awkward moment when cannibalism becomes art.

Norwegian artist Alexander Selvik Wengshoel got a hip replacement and convinced his doctor to let him use it for his performance art. Although he initially wasn’t sure what he’d do with it, he ultimately decided to cook his hip and eat it.

Wengshoel, 21, was born with a hip deformity and told The Local that he spent the entire year trying to convince his doctors to let him film his hip replacement procedure, and he even got to keep the hip.

“The hipbone had been such a problem for me for over 20 years, and it was just a way of making it better again,” he said. “It had been so hard to have it in my body, and when I took it out, it turned into something else, something romantic. It was a natural process I felt I had to do to move on.”

Of course, he didn’t just sit home alone, eating a plate of hip while watching Mad Men in his underwear, he actually made a special event out of it for him and his girlfriend. They shared his hip bone over a romantic dinner and had some potatoes au gratin and some wine. You have to appreciate a guy who cooks for his girlfriend.

I had to boil off the meat to get to the bone, and when I started scraping off the meat, I took off a little piece and I thought, ‘why not do it?’ It’s not every day I will have a piece of human flesh which is mine and which it is possible to eat.

Wengshoel received mixed reactions from his colleagues at the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, as some liked it, while other told him it was not really art. If you asked Wengshoel, however, he said it tasted like “wild sheep.”

H/T The Norway