Marina Abramovic | Artist Profile


Portrait with Flowers, 2009. Photo by Marco Anelli.

Marina Abramovic is a Serbian-born performance artist living and working in New York City. As the self-described “grandmother of performance art,” Abramovic’s work spans three decades. Known for her intense performances that often involve the artist pushing herself to her physical and mental limits, Abramovic’s most recent performance was hosted by New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2010. As part of a retrospective exhibit of her work titled “The Artist is Present,” Abramovic spent 700 hours sitting silently within the museum’s atrium. Guests were invited to spent a few silent moments sitting with the artist. This event inspired a documentary by Matthew Akres, also titled “The Artist is Present,” which explores the event’s inception and reception, as well as interviews with the artist, critics, and historians.

Abramovic’s work centers upon her sense of self-control. While performing, Abramovic has whipped, cut, and burned herself. During other performances, Abramovic has ingested pills to induce alternate states of being, whether she is immobilizing her body or her mind. During her collaborative works with performance artist Uwe Laysiepen, also known simply as Ulay, she has walked half of the length of the Great Wall of China, and has been rendered unconscious during a performance titled “Breathing In/Breathing Out,” in which the artists exchanged breaths until passing out from lack of oxygen. Her performances are deeply moving, exploring themes of death, bodily limitations, extreme pain, and the body in relation to space and objects. One early performance encouraged the audience to interact with the artist by choosing objects that could either harm her or bring pleasure. Over the course of six hours, audience members’ actions grew increasingly aggressive as the artist remained passive. At the end of the performance, Abramovic’s crowd dispersed once she began to approach them.

Marina Abramovic studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade and later completed post-graduate studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, SR Croatia. She has received numerous awards throughout her career, including honorary doctorates from the United Kingdom’s University of Plymouth and the Instituto Superior de Arte in Cuba.

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