Marina Abramovic, a New York based performance artist , born in Serbia, who gained fame for being fearless in her art, risking encounters with violence and ignoring all limits of her physical body for her performances, moved spectators to tears during her motionless yet active presence at the MoMa Museum exhibit “The artist is present” in 2010.
Her style of performance is remarkably unique just as her cultural background. Abramovic is a pale woman who stands tall with jet-black hair and exotically profound facial features. The Museum of Modern Art welcomed Serbian-Yugoslavian artist to execute the biggest performance piece in the museum history as well as Abramovic’s longest duration solo piece started on March 2010 and ended just in May. Many people seated in front of her, some stayed for just a minute, some stayed for more than an hour.
Each of the 750,000 people that experienced her exhibition, recalls it differently. They observed Abromovic perform the 736 hour and 30 minute silent piece where she sat on a sturdy wooden chair in a wide open, brightly lit space for 7 1/2 hours daily, completely immobile and without food or water. There was a chair in front of her, and the spectators waited for their chance to be as close as possible to the artist and look her in the eyes, feel the intensity of her gaze and the energy she had that expanded throughout the room.
She expands the limits of art, and where can these boundaries be held? Truly, the instilment can be seen as very strange to the outside investigator however it is said to be one of those experiences where “you just had to be there.” Lady Gaga was one of the many people that were there and she shares her comments on it in this interview:
If you didn’t got the chance to see this memorable experience, or junt want to remember it, you have you shot now, The Film Forum will be screening a retrospective by Matthew Akers on June 26th. Don’t miss the opotunity to be taken in a journey by this incredible artist . You can see the trailer and more info about the screening here.