Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Volga region branch of
the National Centre for Contemporary Arts
VOLGA - Independent Film Distributor
MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT
Starts on 1 December 2012
Director: MATTHEW AKERS
Co-director, producer: JEFF DUPRE
Producer: MARO CHERMAYEFF
USA, 2012, 106 min. (14+)
Yugoslavian artistMarinaAbramovićdescribesherselfas the Grandmother of Performance Art. And she has every reason for that. She firstly came into notice of the art community in 1974; and at present she is most likely second to none in this genre of actual art. The documentary film by Matthew Akers describes Marina’s preparations for her retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (which became one of the major performances in the MoMA’s history). Visitors of this exhibition were presented an opportunity to observe and also to participate personally in the artist’s most significant and provocative performances one of which lasted for 736,5 hours (anyone willing to take a part in it could look Abramović straight into the eyes for 30 minutes, which sometimes lead to unpredictable consequences).
This performance retrospective traces the prolific career of Abramovićwith approximately fifty works spanning over four decades of her early interventions and sound pieces, video works, installations, photographs, solo performances, and collaborative performances made with Ulay (UweLaysiepen).
The piece, aptly entitled “The Artist is Present”, is the longest-duration solo work of Marina's career, and by far the most physically and emotionally demanding she has ever attempted. When she conceived it, she says, she knew instantly that it was the right piece because the mere thought of it "made me nauseous." The work's simplicity and purity has the potential to crystallize all that is best about her art.
Perhaps more than any performance she has done before, “The Artist is Present” has the power to fulfill Marina's own dictum about long-durational work, in which, she says, "performance becomes life itself."
Performance becomes life––and life becomes art.
Few are able to repeat what Marina is capable of. But those who are would understand what it meansto not only “be present” but to “be” here and now.
Sessions: 1-2 December at 18:00, 7 Decemberat 19:00, 8-9 December at 18:00
Admission fee: 150 rub.,discountticket – 100 rub.
ADRESS:Arsenal, Nizhny Novgorod, Kremlin, building 6
CONTACT INFORMATION:phone – 8(831) 423-57-41, web-site – www.ncca.ru/nnovgorod