Marina Abramovic: The Cleaner
Published by Hatje Cantz.
Edited by Lena Essling. Text by Marina Abramovic, Tine Colstrup, Lena Essling, Adrian Heathfield, Bojana Pejic, Devin Zuber.
At once radical, controversial and revered, Marina Abramovic is the progenitor of contemporary performance art
At once radical, controversial and revered, Marina Abramovic is one of the most discussed artists today. Famous for her groundbreaking performance works, she continues to expand the boundaries of art. This publication, accompanying her first major retrospective in Europe, gives an extensive overview of her work from the earliest years until today: film, photography, paintings and objects, installations and archival material.
Since the early 1970s Abramovic has explored the intersection between performing and visual art in her work and, though rarely overtly political, posed questions of power and hierarchy. In addressing fundamental issues of our existence and seeking the core of such notions as loss, memory, pain endurance and trust, she both provokes and moves.
Born in Belgrade just after the end of the Second World War, Marina Abramovic (born 1946) was raised in the Serbian Orthodox Church (her great uncle was a Patriarch and a canonized saint in the Church) and left Yugoslavia in 1976, having already established herself as a performance artist, living in Amsterdam and eventually New York, where she presently lives. In 2010 she was the subject of an enormously popular retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.