Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Art must be beautiful, artist must be beautiful

Art must be Beautiful, Artist must be Beautiful' (Copenhagen, Denmark, 1975) is one of Abramovic's typical early performances. As with the 'Freeing...' series ('Freeing the Body', 'Freeing the Voice' and 'Freeing the Memory', 1976).  Abromovic chants "Art must be beautiful, artist must be beautiful over and over while aggressively combing her hair.   Her facial expression portrays a certain emotion that I think can be subjective to anyone who watches it.  I see an absent being, someone inflicting pain to gain control and free themselves.  There is an element of hypnosis in this performance that makes it hard to stop watching.  What I like most about this performance, is that I think it has the ability to transform into whatever people understand it as.

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