mardi 21 décembre 2010
Marina Abramović is one of the most compelling artists of our time. Seductive, fearless and outrageous, she has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits, and at times risking her life in the process, Marina creates performances that challenge, shock and move us. Through her and with her, boundaries are crossed, consciousness expanded -- and art as we know it is reborn.
For the retrospective, Marina will perform an ambitious new work, aptly titled "The Artist is Present." All day, every day, from early March until the end of May, 2010, she will sit at a table in the museum's atrium, in what she describes as a "square of light." Members of the audience will be invited to join her, one at a time, at the opposite end of the table. There will no talking, no touching, no overt communication of any kind. Her objective is to achieve a luminous state of being and then transmit it -- to create what she calls "an energy dialogue" with the audience.
Of course, it is not merely Marina's performances that will be recapitulated at MOMA -- it is also her life. Indeed, the show being mounted in the upstairs galleries is a narrative that tracks not only her development as an artist, but as a woman. And as the various installations are prepared, Marina is brought into a stark confrontation with her own story: with her influences and her passions, with risks taken and fears conquered, with the relationships that have at times defined and nearly consumed her. As she puts it, after a day in the unfinished gallery space: "My entire past life is rushing in on me." We'll explore that past life as she re-experiences it, weaving in and out of the moments and events that have made Marina who she is.