I’ve stolen this from here. Apologies Justin Fox, but it was too beautiful and perfect a post not to share.
‘Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.
At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened.’
A very powerful piece, The Artist is Present, 2010 was staged alongside a retrospective of Marina Abramovic’s work at MoMA, and had her sitting for roughly 736 hours and 30 minutes. Here’s Marina sharing some perspectives on performance and this work in particular.
What is special about this work for me is that Marina was probably a point of catharsis for so many of the sitters. Albeit like a mirror where she helped bring to the surface the subconscious emotions of the person sitting in front of her.
And while looking into a stranger’s eyes is hard enough, doing it in front of a large distracted crowd of museum-goers is harder.
Well that said, Marina Abramovic did make a lot of people cry.