By Mary Richards
Routledge functionality Practitioners is a sequence of introductory publications to the most important theatre-makers of the final century. each one quantity explains the history to and the paintings of 1 of the key affects on 20th- and twenty-first-century performance.
Marina Abramovic is the writer of pioneering functionality paintings which transcends the form's provocative origins. Her visceral and severe performances have established the bounds of either physique and brain, speaking with audiences around the world on a private and political point. The ebook combines:
- a biography, taking off the contexts of Abramovic’s work
- an exam of the artist via her writings, interviews and influences
- a exact research of her paintings, together with reviews of the Rhythm sequence, Nightsea Crossing and the home with the sea View
- practical explorations of the performances and their origins
As a primary step in the direction of serious knowing, and as an preliminary exploration ahead of happening to extra, fundamental learn, Routledge functionality Practitioners are unbeatable worth for today’s pupil.
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Later, women are pictured out in the open air massaging their naked breasts while they sing Serbian folk songs and stare up into the heavens. However, what is particularly striking is that Abramovic´’s commentary, interspersed between each discrete section by way of explanation and contextualization, creates an almost comic effect. Dressed in black and on occasion sporting clinical glasses, Abramovic´, straight-faced and serious, describes various folk traditions rather as an anthropologist might.
Ulay, who had only recently met Abramovic´, documented Abramovic´ in this performance by taking photographs from outside the window space. He describes the experience: I parked a small commercial car in front of the window. I’d taken position unnoticed inside the car before Marina had taken her place. I was equipped with a camera. During the event I took photographs from Marina behind the window, as well as of people passing by and of some talking to Marina … a very few times Marina would shut the window curtains, that’s what prostitutes do when having clients.
Indeed, of the three works carried out in Belgrade, Abramovic´ considered this the toughest. There was always a danger that, in dealing with sexually explicit material, their actions might be interpreted in some quarters as vulgar and/or tasteless. Indeed, it is a high-risk strategy to create work that breaks sexual taboos with its imagery. For instance, Abramovic´ used men in national costume standing together, their penises erect and exposed through B IOG RAPHY AN D CONTEXT 33 34 B IOG RAPHY AN D CONTEXT holes in their trousers.