Walk Through Walls, Marina Abramovic
A vivid and powerful rendering of the unparalleled life of an extraordinary artist.
'I HAD EXPERIENCED ABSOLUTE FREEOOM - I HAD FELT THAT MY BODY WAS WITHOUT BOUNDARIES. LIMITLESS; THAT PAIN DIDN'T MATTER, THAT NOTHING MATTERED AT ALL - AND IT INTOXICATED ME.'
In 2010, over 750.000 people waited in line at Marina Abrnmovic's MoMA retrospective for the chance to sit across from her in an unprecedented durational performance that lasted more than 700 hours. This celebration of nearly fifty years of groundbreaking performance art demonstrated once again that Marina Abramovic is truly a force of nature. In 2014, more than 110,000 queued for hours outside London's Serpentine Gallery for the chance to see her performance piece 512 Hours.
The child of Communist war-hero parents under Tito's regime in post-war Yugoslavia, she was raised with a relentless work ethic. Even as she was beginning to build an international artistic career, Marina lived at home under her mother's abusive control, strictly obeying a 10 p.m. curfew. But nothing could quell her insatiable curiosity, her desire to connect with people, or her distinctly Balkan sense of humour — all of which informs her art and her life. The beating heart of Walk Through Walls is an operatic love story — a twelveyear collaboration with fellow performance artist Ulay, much of which was spent penniless in a van travelling across Europe — a relationship that began to unravel and came to a dramatic end atop the Great Wall of China.
Marina's story, in turn moving, epic and dryly funny, informs an incomparable artistic career that involves pushing her body past the limits of fear, pain, exhaustion and danger in an uncompromising quest for emotional and spiritual transformation.
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Fig Tree/Penguin, hardcover with dust jacket, 370 pages
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