Marina Abramovic

, b. 1946

Marina Abramović stands as one of today's most renowned performance artists, pushing the boundaries of her craft by immersing herself in duration, pain, danger, exhaustion, and active viewer participation. Through her radical approach, she intricately weaves together the intricate tapestry of art and audience, creating thought-provoking experiences. Abramović's impact on the art world has been profound, with notable exhibitions at Documenta in 1977, 1982, and 1992, as well as memorable appearances at the Venice Biennale in 1976 and 1997, where she earned the prestigious Golden Lion Award for Best Artist. This recognition came as a result of her mesmerizing video installation and performance piece, "Balkan Baroque" (1997), in which she meticulously hand-washed a staggering 1,500 cattle bones. From 1976 to 1988, Abramović embarked on a groundbreaking collaboration with the German photographer and performance artist, Ulay. Together, they shattered conventional notions of gender binaries through their provocative performances. In the years that followed, Abramović continued her artistic journey independently, presenting performances that increasingly demanded active involvement from the viewers. Perhaps one of her most iconic moments came in 2010 with the Museum of Modern Art retrospective titled "The Artist Is Present." Here, visitors were invited to engage in silent communion as they sat face-to-face with Abramović, creating a profound and unforgettable connection between artist and audience.