As fearless and tough as she is seductive and passionate, iconic performance artist Marina Abramović has spent more than forty years challenging audiences with her work. And with Matthew Aker’s new documentary, Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, we’re dropped into Abramović’s world, allowing us to bare witness to the evolution of her radical career and the myriad sides to Abramović that make her work so intellectually and emotionally stimulating. Known for pushing her mind and body to the limits of human experience, Marina has carved a name for herself in art history, provoking audiences and redefining word the “art” itself.
The Artist is Present, which premieres on HBO next week, follows Abramović as she prepares for her most impressive work to date: a retrospective at MoMA and performance in which she sat for three months—day in and day out—at a small table in the museum’s atrium, as people came from around the world to sit across from her. Just as the film showcases the ways in which Abramović’s life blurs the lines between reality and performance, the film itself muddies it’s own lines between documentary and art film—creating a beautiful journey through the life of one of the world’s most astounding living artists.
MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ ON HER LANDMARK PERFORMANCE, THE ARTIST IS PRESENT
Ulay and I end our relations with this project.
The concept is to approach each other from the two ends of the Great Wall of China.
He begins in the Gobi Desert and I begin at the Yellow Sea; we meet halfway in between.
We each walked 2000 kilometers to say good-bye.
Duration: 90 days. Last meeting on June 3, 1988.