Friday, July 13, 2012
Marina, and the diamond ideas!
Last night Ciara and I were lucky enough to catch Marina Abramovic; The Artist is Present, at The Lighthouse, Dublin.
The documentary follows Marina as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at the World famous MoMA, New York. Along with 5 of her most famous performance pieces being recreated by young artist, she is also unveiling a new piece, The Artist is Present. Put simple, The Artist is Present states that along as the exhibition is running, the artist will be present, meaning that for 6 days a week, from opening to closing, Marina will be there, and it invites members of the public to sit across from her as long as they wish, with harrowing results.
I really cannot recommend the film enough. Marina is the star, obviously, it is her film after all, but she has a monumental gravitational pull, even through the screen, to the audience, her charisma and passion shines through.
As a short side note, can you believe Marina is sixty three? Yes, 63! Just goes to prove that art is not only good for the mind, but also for the body too!