Documentary on Serbian artist Abramović and her mesmerizing 2010 silent performance piece held at MOMA
Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1946, Marina Abramović has had a long career of pushing the boundaries and concepts of the medium of performance as a visual art form. In 2010 at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Abramović engaged in an extended performance called, The Artist Is Present. Seated silently at a wooden table across from an empty chair, she waited as people took turns sitting in the chair and locking eyes with her. Over the course of nearly three months, for eight hours a day, she met the gaze of 1,000 strangers, many of whom were moved to tears.
“I’m interested in how far you can push the energy of the human body, how far you can go, and then see that, actually, our energy is almost limitless. It’s not about the body, it’s about the mind, [which] pushes you to the extremes that you never could imagine.”
– Marina Abramović, quoted in “Rhythm 0,” Marina Abramović Institute.
This documentary follows Abramović as she prepared for this major MOMA retrospective of her work and re-performance. Please note there are scenes from her earlier performance works that include nudity. (1hr 46min)
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