About Marina Abramović

Calling herself the ”grandmother of performance art”, the 64-year-old artist talks about her plans, in an exclusive film directed by Derek Peck.

Text: Gaia Deligianni

 

Marina Abramović, born in 1946 in Belgrade, is without question one of the most important performance artist of our time. Since the beginning of her career in Yugoslavia during the early 1970s, where she attended the academy of fine arts in Belgrade, Abramović has pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form.

 

 

The body has always been both her subject and medium to explore the relationship between performer and audience, and the possibilities of the mind. In four decades her performance art has seen her repeatedly stab her own hand, had a stranger point a loaded gun at her head, sat in silence for 700 hours, set herself on fire and acted out her own funeral, all presented at major institutions and museums in the U.S and Europe.

 


‘Balkan Baroque’ for which Marina Abramovic was named best artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale

 


The artist working with actor Willem Dafoe in ‘The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic’


The Artist is Present

 

She now focuses on her largest undertaking: the opening of the Marina Abramović Foundation for the Preservation of Performance Art.

This exclusive film by Derek Peck, a New york-based director, photographer and writer and founder of PLANET Magazine, sees Abramović discuss her plans for the institute and its importance. She also recounts her interest in Shamanism and how it relates to her art, and how meanings of love and death are reflected on her prolific The Artist is Present, the biggest exhibition of performance art in New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s history.

 

”Marina Abramović and the Institute” premiered @ AnOther (anothermag.com) on January 30, 2013.

See the video here: