For a few months in 2010, Marina Abramović spent her days wordlessly and motionlessly sitting at a desk within the atrium of the Museum of Trendy Artwork. Any customer may sit within the chair reverse her, for so long as they preferred. In response, Abramović mentioned nothing and did nearly nothing (even throughout visits from
For a few months in 2010, Marina Abramović spent her days wordlessly and motionlessly sitting at a desk within the atrium of the Museum of Trendy Artwork. Any customer may sit within the chair reverse her, for so long as they preferred. In response, Abramović mentioned nothing and did nearly nothing (even throughout visits from Lou Reed, Bjork, or her long-ago lover and collaborator, the late Ulay). The entire expertise constituted a bit of efficiency artwork, titled The Artist Is Current. As with many works of that kind, to ask why Abramović did it’s to overlook the purpose. Nothing prefer it had been executed earlier than, and it thus promised to enter uncharted inventive, social, and emotional territory.
A dozen years later, the artist shall be current once more, however this time with a extremely particular motive in thoughts: to boost cash for the besieged nation of Ukraine. “Abramović has partnered with New York’s Sean Kelly Gallery and Artsy to supply a efficiency artwork meet-and-greet… or at the very least meet-and-silently-stare,” writes Hyperallergic’s Sarah Rose Sharp.
“By March 25, events can bid on one of two opportunities for a restricted restaging of Abramović’s epic efficiency The Artist Is Current.” These meet-and-silently-stares “shall be captured by photographer Marco Anelli, who documented nearly all the 1,500 individuals within the unique efficiency.”
Proceeds “will go to Direct Relief, which is working with Ukraine’s Ministry of Well being to offer pressing medical help in addition to long-term help to the various lives devastated by the battle.” Final month, when Russia launched its invasion, Abramović launched the video statement above. In it she explains having executed some work in Ukraine final 12 months, which afforded her a chance to get to know a few of its folks. “They’re proud, they’re robust, and so they’re dignified,” she says, and an assault on their nation “is an assault to all of us,” an “assault to humanity.” For those who really feel the identical method, have some cash to spend, and missed out on the primary The Artist Is Current — and in the event you suppose you may maintain your individual throughout from the formidable presence glimpsed within the video — take into account making a bid of your own.
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Based mostly in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and tradition. His initiatives embody the Substack e-newsletter Books on Cities, the ebook The Stateless Metropolis: a Stroll by Twenty first-Century Los Angeles and the video sequence The City in Cinema. Observe him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.