By joannearnold, Feb 17 2014 03:55PM
My favorite Netflix art film last year was the full on documentary, “Marina Abramovic, The Artist is Present.” It highlighted the Yugoslavian’s performance art for the MOMA Retrospective in 2010.
In general, being present is not always easy as we all have a tendency to multi-task or escape in our own imagination. The film showed Marina using the audience as the performance to quietly sit and spend time looking into every individuals eyes with no distraction. No words were spoken. There was a quiet energy where the artist turned off the noise and made a connection with each person who sat directly across from her. It was beautiful and moving, like a spiritual hug.
The film was an intimate portrait of Marina Abramovic. There was no huge distinction between her life and her art and it was deeply moving as I “got it” from watching it. It was authentic and I genuinely felt the love and fell in love. She uses a conceptual approach that even the most visual can understand. Something can be said for making eye contact.
It’s difficult to describe why I feel the authenticity in Abramovic’s work. I regret I didn’t see it live but I recommend this film and see it as a gift to her audience.