The art critic Elsa Flores, who was originally from Argentina, lived and worked in Venezuela in the 1970s and early 1980s, when she was working as an art critic and a teacher. Flores has made an extensive study of the work of Marco Antonio Ettedgui (1958–81), particularly in the field of performance art. In this essay—the most complete that has ever been written about this facet of the Venezuelan artist’s work—Flores discusses his work as a body artist. Ettedgui’s career was short by time’s measure but bountiful in terms of his work (from 1979 until 1981 when he tragically died onstage). Flores provides a wealth of theoretical information about authors (specialists in anthropology, semiotics, linguistics, and other social sciences), and submits her analysis of their ideas. The author is a visual art teacher and a specialist in semiotics so she quotes from a wide range of authors and theories that are also a reflection of the structuralist analytical theories and methods that were in vogue in the 1970s and 1980s.
In her analysis of Ettedgui’s work, Flores lays out key ideas for unlocking the meaning of contemporary art, especially conceptual art, as in the case of The Open Work (1962) by Umberto Eco, or classifications for non-conventional types of works of art by Jorge Glusberg (Argentina), or Simón Marchán-Fiz in the case of conceptual art. Flores’ conclusions about Ettedgui’s work are therefore based on solid foundations, making this a didactic essay, albeit one written for a specialized readership.
Another point of interest in this essay is that it includes a complete list of Ettedgui’s performances and “informational events,” placing him among the generation of early Venezuelan conceptual artists. Flores only names the most significant of this group. The essay “Entrada al cuerpo del cuerpo” introduces the third section of ETTEDGUI, arte-información para la comunidad (Caracas: Ediciones Oxígeno, 1985), the only book that contains all of Ettedgui’s written work (poetry, theater, and performance). The book includes two other essays: “Entrada al cuerpo del texto” by Alejandro Varderi and “Entrada al cuerpo del teatro” by Juan Calzadilla.
For other material by Ettedgui, see “Hospitalización por cálculo renal: evento informacional de la serie ‘Salones de Belleza’ llevados a la práctica por su artista favorito Marco Antonio Ettedgui”  and “Feliz cumpleaños, Marco Antonio: evento informacional de Marco Antonio Ettedgui a partir de la arquitectura de la Galería de Arte Nacional como texto artístico tradicional” .