Videoskop 01: Laura Györik Costas - Marina Abramovic
VIDEOSKOP: View of the imai video art collection from the outside
Marina Abramovic: «Art must be beautiful, Artist must be beautiful» (1975)
The performance art of the early seventies is characterised by experiments and the sounding out of physical limits. It is a form of self-discovery with feminist challenges from female art activists such as Gina Pane (*1939), Valie Export (*1940) and Marina Abramovic (*1946) against the image of "women as objects of lust" in a continuing chauvinistically oriented society.
Video selected and introduced by
Laura Györik Costas, IMAGE MOUVEMENT, Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève.
Her body is the working material of Marina Abramovic, her life is therefore her art. Here the gestures of a woman as she brushes her hair appear perfectly natural. Yet after just a few minutes the brushing strokes become more aggressive and the sentence repeated endlessly by the artist in a loop changes to (controlled) moaning. How beautiful must a woman be to enjoy success in life? At which threshold of beauty is the value of a work of art apparent? The sufferings of the woman and the artist are one and the same.
Click on the title image or this link to view «Art must be beautiful, Artist must be beautiful» in the imai online catalog. Choose the button «play» to start the 13:50 min stream. Find further works of Marina Abramovic viewable in full length in the imai online catalogue.