She is a seminal and internationally acclaimed performance artist whose last appearance was at the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens. Now Marina Abramović will appear in Sydney this winter thanks to Kaldor Public Art Projects.
The Serbian born, New York-based artist drew hundreds of thousands to the halls of the Serpentine for a durational piece entitled 512 Hours. The piece was an exercise in minimalism that sought – like so much of her work – to address the relationship between art and nothingness. For 512 Hours, visitors left all of their belongings (bags, coats, watches, phones) behind before entering the space Abramović inhabited from 10am to 6pm, 6 days a week. In that minimalist environment, with just the artist and little else in it, the audience was encouraged to experience serene nothingness.
Abramović will now bring the essence of this work to Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay with a new transformative and immersive piece entitled, Marina Abramović: In Residence.
Abramović’s work typically reverses performer and audience, and Marina Abramović: In Residence will follow on from the artist’s career-long focus on audience involvement and response. Using the entirety of the pier, and set over 12 days, Abramović will conduct a series of exercises using the Abramović method to engage candidly with visitors. Upstairs, Abramović will host a 12-day artist residency with 12 Australian artists.
Kaldor Public Art Projects has brought a mass of international art stars otherwise unseen in Australia over the course of the institution’s 45 years, including, most recently, the similarly offbeat and original work of Tino Sehgal. “[This performance] offers an incredible and rare opportunity for the public to experience firsthand the work of this important artist and to be part of the evolution of her practice,” says John Kaldor, director of Kaldor Public Art Projects.
Marina Abramović: In Residence will be presented free to the public, aged 12 years and above, at Pier 2/3 in Sydney’s Walsh Bay from June 24 until July 5, 2015.
Broadsheet is a proud media partner of Kaldor Public Art Projects in presenting Marina Abramović: In Residence.