WARNING – UGLY CRY ZONE
I doubt there are many of us left on the planet, that weren’t reduced to tears when we viewed Marina Abramovic’s, ‘The Artist is Present’ retrospective doing the rounds online. I think I watched it about 5 times in a row, crying, while forwarding it, sending it, Facebooking it and now WordPressing it to every soul I knew 🙂
The first time I had encountered M.A was through The Abramovic Method, a unique and insightful practice that focuses performers on being fully present in any given moment through breath, concentration, stillness, even through movement.
The most straightforward task such as walking or breathing becomes a means through which participants can hone perception and investigate their individual mental and physical limits. Performing these simple actions counteracts the rushed pace of day-to-day living. Emphasis is placed on consciously doing one thing at a time, often very slowly, to achieve a deeper awareness of the self and the outside world.
Abramovic has lived so much of her life with her heart on her sleeve expressing herself through so many thought-provoking, sometimes violent and out-of-the-box performances for the past five decades. Abramovic’s life story is definitely something I can respect. I admire her spirit and courage to be so open and present in everything she does. She doesn’t seem to live her life hiding from who she is, she’s not wearing any masks. Perhaps that’s why I find her so intriguing, we’re drawn to the people we want to become.
Her latest show, Private Archaeology is at the Museum of Old and New Art (MoNA) in Hobart, Australia until October 5.