This major new work and multi-channel video installation explores how sexuality was defined in Balkan pagan traditions. Abramovic researched Serbian folklore and discovered many instances of the employment of eroticism to address everyday issues. For example, if it rained too much the women of the village would run into the fields and lift their skirts in an attempt to scare the gods and end the rain.
She is considered by the new generations of artists as a landmark, the history looks at her as one of the most important artists of the last quarter of the twentieth century. The Hangar Bicocca in Milan dedicates to her an important exhibition and this is the occasion for her to present for the first time in Italy a new work created with the support of Destricted production, a firm known to the public to have produced erotic film by artists as Matthew Barney, Larry Clark, Sam Taylor Wood, Marco Brambilla. The result is still a work of a surprising humanity.
Posted by Scott McEachern What struck me most about this four-channel installation piece was the simplicity of the images on screen. Yet this very simplicity belied a deeply moving piece of film that engaged issues of life, death, fertility, pain, spirituality, transcendence. Really what I would like to offer here is a few observations, loosely tied together.
I grew up in NYC. I never located it as an institution that courted controversy, particularly when related to issues of gender or sex. My view of MoMA, much to my surprise and pleasure, has now shifted and this shift cannot be underestimated. Something has changed here.
Sign in. Title: Making the Balkans Erotic Inperformance artist Marina Abramovic shot a series of seven videos depicting ancient rituals from her birthplace, the Balkans; this one re-enacts mystical rites related to fertility and virility.
Abramovic spoke to Karen Rosenberg. How did you re-create the works? You had to rely on photos, right?
Sitting still for a total of Arguably her best work has been done in the last 20 years or so. She discovered that nudity had a very important function, linked especially to the rites of nature for fertility of the land and the emergence of rain. It was through eroticism that humans tried to make themselves equal with the gods.
I focus on her exhibition Balkan Epicwhich included works produced between and that addressed the concept of the Balkans. In this environment, history is substantiated in the body of the artist; it becomes universalised and naturalised and confirms the dominant ideology of globalised capitalism through a process of complete depoliticisation. In my view, ideology expresses universality and indicates the subject position from which the universal is conceived.
Marina Abramovic's exhibition is comprised of several video projections, which explore how sexuality and the human body were employed in Balkan pagan traditions and culture throughout history. Abramovic researched Serbian folklore and discovered many historic instances of the employment of eroticism and sexuality to address everyday issues. For example, if it rained too much the women of the village would run into the fields and lift their skirts in an attempt to scare the gods and end the rain.