Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present
A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
when faisal recommended this documentary, i immediately recognized marina abramovic from a video that has been circulating around tumblrville. you know, the video that starts with ulay getting comfy on that seat, the tears and everything. all faisal had to say is “That is only a fraction of her story. And what a story it is” to move it way up my priorities list.
in the beginning of the documentary, you see everyone not entirely sure about her latest performance art piece (the artist is present) but she insists. we even see that people were a bit ‘eh, ok, let’ see what this is about’, but by the end of the documentary, everyone wants their personal marina abramovic time. i say personal because that’s what it felt like.
when people sat there, it seemed like she was staring right through their souls, to the point she reflects their emotions. it almost felt like she was bringing out what the audience has been denying for a long time. i say audience, but i mean, every single person/individual.
as an individual, i’m slightly obsessed with genuine human emotions and facial expressions and that’s what i witnessed in these people’s faces. how they’d change for ‘what the hell is this fuss about, meh, i’ll just sit and see’ to ‘good lord, my soul, this hurts/my god i’m so happy’. who knows how many lives she changed that day, how many realizations she pulled out and how many people she broke, healed, fixed and loved.
a couple of celebrities were there, james franco being my favorite. so beautiful, so humble.
ok, this is turning into a personal blog post, rather than a way to persuade you to watch this magnificent documentary. all i can say is, it is definitely worth your precious time.
a huge thank you to faisal, for never failing to recommend the best everything.
whoever follows this blog knows how much i like to spoil readers, here’s a free link to the documentary. you can watch it online or download it.
ps: documentary contains a lot of nudity, so yeah.