Marina Abramović

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born 1946 in Belgrade, Serbia, lives and works in New York City, USA

In her film Count on Us: Only Chorus Abramović conducts a children’s choir singing a “hymn” to the UN in Serbo-Croatian as a symbol of understanding among nations. In former Yugoslavia, the destruction of hopes for a better and new world of brotherhood by the specter of nationalism, racism, and war was particularly brutal. Abramović’s work also unveils the cynicism of the post-communist language surrounding the end of history. She is a performance artist who started her career in the early 1970s. Active for more than three decades, she has recently begun to describe herself as the “grandmother of performance art.” Her work explores the relationship between the performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.


Installation view of Marina Abramović
Count on Us: Only Chorus, 2004
Video, Color, Sound
Single projection, 5 min
Courtesy of the artist and
Sean Kelly Gallery
Photo by David Plakke