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Marina Abramović in "History"

Marina Abramović, an artist who draws upon her upbringing in Communist Yugoslavia and offers insights into her artistic vision via her personal manifesto, appears in a new video piece created in collaboration with video artist Charles Atlas. This segment marks the first time in Art21’s history that the artist profile itself is an original work of art.

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Marina Abramović

A pioneer of performance as a visual art form, Marina Abramović has used her body as both subject and medium of her performances to test her physical, mental, and emotional limits—often pushing beyond them and even risking her life—in a quest for heightened consciousness, transcendence, and self-transformation. Characterized by endurance and pain—and by repetitive behavior, actions of long duration, and intense public interactions and energy dialogues—her work has engaged, fascinated, and sometimes repelled live audiences.

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“And at the moment when I involved my body in the performance, this incredible energy dialogue was established with the public. It was so overwhelming, that I could never come back to any other form of art.”

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