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#fundraising #installation #performance #Ukraine

March 22, 2022

Grace Ebert

Marina Abramović: The artist is present at the Museum of Modern Art (2010). Photo by Marco Anelli. All images courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York

The latest in artist-led projects to support war-affected Ukrainians, Marina Abramović is bringing her famous performance piece “The Artist Is Present” to life to raise funds for humanitarian aid in Ukraine. Originally shown at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010, the iconic work will be re-enacted in two iterations – one for a single person and another for two – at New York’s Sean Kelly Gallery, where a solo exhibition spanning decades the Serbian artist’s work is on view until April 16. Photographer Marco Anelli documented almost all of the 1,500 people who sat silently across from Abramović 12 years ago and will also film these new encounters.

This recreation follows the artist’s heartfelt message of solidarity with the nation, which she released the day after Russia declared war. “An attack on Ukraine is an attack on all of us. This is an attack on humanity and it must be stopped,” she said. Abramović also recently installed a massive public work, titled “Crystal Wall of Weeping”, at the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center in Kyiv. Completed in October 2021, the outdoor monument honors Jews murdered in the region in one of the region’s largest massacres and is one of its many healing-focused pieces.

Bidding for “The Artist Is Present: An Auction for Ukraine” is open until March 25, with all proceeds going to the nonprofit Direct Relief.

Marina Abramović Installation View: Performative

#fundraising #installation #performance #Ukraine

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