Marina AbramovićBorn Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, 1946
Lives in New York City, USA
Since the early 1970s, Marina Abramović has pioneered performance as a visual art form. Using the body as both subject and medium, she explores physical and mental limits in works that often ritualise the simple actions of everyday life. In Luminosity, 1997, the work being re-performed for 13 Rooms, a performer sits on a bicycle seat bathed in light high up on the wall. Both physically and mentally demanding, Abramović explains: ‘It’s really a work about loneliness, about pain and about spiritual elevation. About luminosity and about the transcedental quality of the human being in general.’
Abramović was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale and was recently the subject of The Artist is Present, a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010. A feature-length documentary was made about this exhibition, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2012, ‘Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present’.