Marina Abromovic and other inspirations

My tutor suggested a couple of films for me to watch, one being ‘The Artist is Present’ by Marina Abramovic, ‘Women Without Men’ by Shirin Neshat and Destricted (2006).

A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

I loved this film, and I love this artist. I’ll admit the film made me cry, all three times I’ve watched it. Abramovic is such an emotionally powerful and strong person, able to pass on her understanding of deep-rooted feelings to others when viewing her work.

‘Rest Energy’ by Abramovic

Now I don’t want to ruin the film for anyone, but there is a specific scene which made me teary eyed the most. As seen in the image above, Abramovic used to conduct most of her performance pieces with her husband Ulay, who was also an artist. Their touching story can be understood by their work alone.

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Women Without Men

Still taken from ‘Women Without Men’

‘Women without men’ was directed by iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat. The film fights against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran’s 1953 CIA-backed coup d’état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.

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Destricted (2006)

A compilation of erotic films intended to illuminate the points where art meets sexuality.

A compilation of erotic films intended to illuminate the points where art meets sexuality.

A combination of short, erotic and sometimes unsettling films done by different artists such as Matthew Barney, Marina Abramovich, Larry Clark, Gaspar Noé and Cecily Brown.

You’ll just have to check it out for yourselves. I can’t describe much without it being x-rated. .

Here are a couple of stills taken from the movie

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