Marina Abramović

I discovered Marina Abramović via Kottke, who linked to the tumblr blog Marina Abramović Made Me Cry.

Abramovic sits at a table in silence, and museum guests can sit across from her and stare.

Some people couldn't handle the heat.

The full set of photos can be found on MoMA's flickr account.

I spent a little time reading about Marina Abramović and she is absolutely fascinating. She started performance art in the 70s and in one exhibit, titled Rhythm 0, she placed 72 objects on a desk, including a gun and a bullet, and allowed the audience to use those objects on her in any way they chose. She said about the performance:

The experience I learned was that…if you leave decision to the public, you can be killed.

...

I felt really violated: they cut my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.

From A Daneri, et al., (eds.), Marina Abramović, (Charta, 2002) via Wikipedia

Epilogue

I was browsing through MoMA's Flickr set for the exhibit and noticed this comment beneath a picture of a woman in a hijab.

kendo_ says:

you can't hide those eyes... same girl as on Day 35 - Portrait 6, Day 34 - Portrait 11, Day 33 - Portrait 13, Day 33 - Portrait 6... i appreciate the different styles though :)

kendo_ is right, the same woman appears at least 6 times in various guises:

Day 36, Portrait 9 Day 35, Portrait 6 Day 34, Portrait 11 Day 33, Portrait 13 Day 33, Portrait 6 Day 32, Portrait 12