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a little while ago i rambled about marina abramovic’s current exhibition at moma, but my research was faulty and i didn’t realize how many (approximately 50!) pieces were actually part of the artist is present. in the title work, ms abramovic sits for seven hours a day and viewers are allowed to sit across from her for as long as they’d like, and stare at her. she stares back. some weirdos sit for over an hour. moma posts the resultant portraits on its flickr page, and they provide for many minutes of weirdness and fascination!

Day 41, Marina Abramović by MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.

Day 40, Portrait 3 by MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.

Day 38, Portrait 10 by MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.

Day 38, Portrait 3 by MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.

Day 36, Portrait 9 by MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.

Day 30, Portrait 5 by MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.

Day 30, Portrait 2 by MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.

Day 10, Portrait 1 by MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.

 

everyone ends up crying, for some reason.

babies.

the portraits remind me of elf ludin’s photo project from darkness, and of andy warhol’s screen tests.

 

all of the images produce a false sense of intimacy bred from prolonged eye contact, and stuff. an act usually saved only for those with whom we feel an intense connection, rendered uncomfortable by proximity to a stranger and an awkward museum setting. also, some people are super weird looking, like human mr potato heads, and i wonder if marina abramovic notices.

 

[ stefanie ]

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