An Unexpected Moment, Marina Abramovic. Review by the Spanish artist Maite Rodriguez on her weekly section. Enjoy your Saturday, Yareah friends!
Marina Abramovic, a Serbian artist, internationally acclaimed and viewed as one of the best in her genre. She began her career in the 1970s, and since then has found success working in New York. Her career has stretched for more than three decades causing her to define herself as the grandmother of performance art. Her work is truly unique, frequently pushing at social boundaries exploring the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.
In 1976, Abramović met and collaborated with a German performance artist Ulay. The pair focused on exploring the characteristics of the ego along with artistic identity. Each performer was fascinated in the traditions of their cultural heritages and the individual’s desire for ritual. Soon after meeting they formed a collective being called “the other”, and spoke of themselves as parts of a “two-headed body¨ They dressed and behaved like twins, and created a relationship of complete trust. As they defined this phantom identity, their individual identities became less accessible.
Abramović´s body studies are concerned predominantly with the body as the unit of an individual, a tendency she traces to her parents’ military pasts. Rather than concern themselves with gender ideologies, Abramović/Ulay explored extreme states of consciousness and their relationship to architectural space. After an intense ten-year relationship, in 1988 the couple put an end to love and their relationship by walking the Great Wall of China, each at one end and to meet in the middle where they hugged and parted ways never to see each other again.
However during her 2010 MoMa retrospective, Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’, a 736-hour and 30-minute static, silent piece. As part of the show, where she shared a period of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her, separated by a table. At each meeting Marina looks up to look him in the eyes for a minute. What she did not expect is that one of those who sat in front of her was her former partner Ulay who she had not seen for 23 years. He who was the love of her life, sat there in silence, looking ..
Take a look at this unexpected but beautiful moments in performance art…