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Marina Abramovic   An Artist’s Life Manifesto

Marina Abramovic’s works is like manifestos. Her life is like a manifesto. It is undisputed that Marina Abramovic is one of the most renowned and impactful performance artists of our time.

She dabbled in performance and feminist art, at a time when the concept of shame and the nature of this type of art was considered radical. 

Her manifesto, An Artist’s Life Manifesto, is a collection of her rules on life, silence, and solitude. The manifesto is a portrayal of what Abramovic drew meaning from her experiences as an artist, as well as being torn between rebellion and guidance.

She is an icon of performance art, whose works have become an important foundation for the development of contemporary art. From the beginning of her activity, the recipient has always been extremely important.

“First of all, I am an artist. My duty is to use the language of art to communicate with my audience, and this is what I do." On a basis of her own activity, she gives us a lot of ideas, tips, and declarations of the intentions, motives, or views of an artist or artistic life.

Here through – An Artist’s Life Manifesto - Performed exclusively for Out of Sync at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden.

An artist should not lie to himself or others
An artist should not steal ideas from other artists
An artist should not compromise for himself or in regards to the art market
An artist should not kill other human beings
An artist should not make himself into an idol…
An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist

An artist has to understand silence
An artist has to create a space for silence to enter his work
Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean

An artist must make time for the long periods of solitude
Solitude is extremely important
Away from home,
Away from the studio,
Away from family,
Away from friends
An artist should stay for long periods of time at waterfalls
An artist should stay for long periods of time at exploding volcanoes
An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at fast-running rivers
An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the horizon where the ocean and sky meet
An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the stars in the night sky


Marina Abramovic | filmed by Out of Sync | Stockholm 2017
Interview | Jesper Bundgaard
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync

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