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Marina Abramovic I Residency from April to September 2001

Marina Abramovic was born in Belgrade in 1946, she lives and works in New-York.

Since the 1970's, when she started her first performances, she has used her own body as her artistic medium, pushing creative expression to the limits of psychological resistance and pain. During the period of 1976 - 1988, the name of Marina Abramovic was associated with her partner Ulay, with whom she did spectacular performances.

In recent art history, it is a rarity that artists give of themselves to the public with such generosity and liberty, always with the same consistency and dedication.

She received the Lion d'Or at the Venice Bienniale in 1997.

At the Atelier Calder, the artist produced a video and a series of performances in the larger setting of her project Energy Clothes, where she uses not her own body, but those of the viewers, who were given accessories to wear in which magnets were placed. For their use in the performance, the viewers needed to respect the artist's precise guidelines, the idea being to ritualize all the everyday actions: drinking, eating, sitting, sleeping. The presence of magnets in the clothes transformed the viewers into "transmitting objects", capable of transmitting and receiving flowing energy.

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