The Artist was Present :: And More

This documentary, The Artist is Present with Marina Abramovic, was an amazing treat over the holidays! Marina is a performance artist with quite a controversial way of expressing herself. At 63 years of age, the sheer stamina it took to create this piece work at the MoMA was staggering.

It was interesting to see her life story and her passion for her artwork laid out in the documentary, but what struck me was the beauty and scope of the project, shown mostly in the last 30 minutes of the film. I won’t give any spoilers except this one little smidge: if you’ve never sat in a dyad with another person for very long, or even if you have, you know it can be crazy amazing or crazy uncomfortable. Can you say “vulnerable?” Even the energy around the installation was electric and surprising. Had I been in New York, it’s possible I’d have felt the same frenzy.

What do you imagine you would experience as either a participant or just an observer? Leave a comment.


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