Marina Abramović

I never really understood performance art until I came across this artist, Marina Abramović. I had a habit of categorizing art into different labels like “two-dimensional” or “still drawing”, but performance art never belonged to a single category. Performance art has the potential to become both two and three-dimensional, or even four-dimensional if it includes an interactive component. I initially considered this as confusing and thus difficult to appreciate, but now I find the creative and interactive aspect of performance art as liberating. The works of Abramović were definitely what persuaded me over. She explores and challenges the boundaries of her body, space, composition, and movement, and the outcomes then prompt the audiences to rethink their definition of art. I’d especially recommend looking at The Artist Is Present (2012) and Rhythm 0 (1974).

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