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Marina Abramovic

(Yugoslavia 30 Nov 1946 – )


(Germany 30 Nov 1943 – )

Collected works 1975-1986: I. A Performance Anthology 1975-1980 II. Modius Vivendi 1979-1986 III. Continental Videoseries 1983-1986
Media categories
Time-based media, Video
Materials used
video, black and white and colour, sound, 08:58:00 min in total
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1996
Accession number
© Marina Abromovic & Ulay, 1981/Bild-Kunst. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney.
Not on display
Further information

A compilation of videos documenting performance works that explore points of intense physical connection between the two protagonists: breathing each other's breath, slapping one another on the face or standing as counter weights between a bow and arrow. Often their work seeks to meld male and female energies. Both artists have been influenced by Eastern thought and religion and pursue a form of Body Art that verges on ritualised self-mortification.

Bibliography (1)

Victoria Lynn, Body, 'The performing body', pg. 198-99, Sydney, 1997, 198. no catalogue number. This work was shown as part of the film and video programme 'The Performing Body', a component of the exhibition 'Body'

Exhibition history (2)

Body, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Sep 1997–16 Nov 1997

Ideas and Actions: Performance, Process and Documentation, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 Oct 1999–23 Jan 2000