Marco Anelli: The Photographer is Also Present

by Paddy Johnson on April 23, 2010 · 11 comments Blurb



34 min., Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present, Photo by Marco Anelli. © 2010 Marina Abramović

I’m not sure Marco Anelli’s photographs of the sitters in Marina Abramovic’s performance at MoMA are worth more than the rounds they’re making on the internerds, but there’s a good chance they are. They are surprisingly powerful. Abramovic, who is seated in the atrium for the duration of the exhibition, invites visitors to sit silently with the artist, in what amounts to an emotional stare-off. As noted by The Year in Pictures, Anelli’s photographs, all posted and annotated with sitting times, are their own act of endurance. (Thx SS)

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man April 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Missing notables:

Anne Bogart, theatre director (and one of my heroes): http://www.flickr.com/photos/themuseumofmodernart/4538119150/in/photostream/

and Tehching Hsieh (unconfirmed), who knows a thing or two about endurance:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/themuseumofmodernart/4478809767/in/set-72157623741486824/

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man April 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Missing notables:

Anne Bogart, theatre director (and one of my heroes): http://www.flickr.com/photos/themuseumofmodernart/4538119150/in/photostream/

and Tehching Hsieh (unconfirmed), who knows a thing or two about endurance:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/themuseumofmodernart/4478809767/in/set-72157623741486824/

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man April 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Missing notables:

Anne Bogart, theatre director (and one of my heroes): http://www.flickr.com/photos/themuseumofmodernart/4538119150/in/photostream/

and Tehching Hsieh (unconfirmed), who knows a thing or two about endurance:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/themuseumofmodernart/4478809767/in/set-72157623741486824/

Reply

man April 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Missing notables:

Anne Bogart, theatre director (and one of my heroes): http://www.flickr.com/photos/themuseumofmodernart/4538119150/in/photostream/

and Tehching Hsieh (unconfirmed), who knows a thing or two about endurance:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/themuseumofmodernart/4478809767/in/set-72157623741486824/

Reply

man April 23, 2010 at 11:43 am

Missing notables:

Anne Bogart, theatre director (and one of my heroes): http://www.flickr.com/photos/themuseumofmodernart/4538119150/in/photostream/

and Tehching Hsieh (unconfirmed), who knows a thing or two about endurance:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/themuseumofmodernart/4478809767/in/set-72157623741486824/

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Andrew April 23, 2010 at 7:32 pm

One of my favorites is the Marina mirror:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/themuseumofmodernart/4479259355/in/set-72157623741486824/

A performance artist doppelganger named Anya who sat with Abramovic the entire day. There’s an interview with her here:

http://nosmarties.com/2010/seein-dis-the-anxiety-of-influence/

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Andrew April 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm

One of my favorites is the Marina mirror:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/themuseumofmodernart/4479259355/in/set-72157623741486824/

A performance artist doppelganger named Anya who sat with Abramovic the entire day. There’s an interview with her here:

http://nosmarties.com/2010/seein-dis-the-anxiety-of-influence/

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stefan abrams April 26, 2010 at 12:25 am

I have some work that is similar formally. My Auto Show and Insite series.

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stefan abrams April 25, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I have some work that is similar formally. My Auto Show and Insite series.

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nina meledandri April 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

i think the power of the images and the power of the piece are related; to experience both requires a commitment of time/energy (and for some it also requires being open to new ideas about art).

but just like a visit to MoMA, immersing oneself in the portraits provides a multi-layered experience; one that addresses energy, commitment, humanity, presence, curiosity, emotion, stamina, etc.

through both the portraits and the performance comes the realization that life is made up of all these things and that art serves as a mirror them back to view life in new (and sometimes unexpected) ways.

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nina meledandri April 26, 2010 at 11:18 am

i think the power of the images and the power of the piece are related; to experience both requires a commitment of time/energy (and for some it also requires being open to new ideas about art).

but just like a visit to MoMA, immersing oneself in the portraits provides a multi-layered experience; one that addresses energy, commitment, humanity, presence, curiosity, emotion, stamina, etc.

through both the portraits and the performance comes the realization that life is made up of all these things and that art serves as a mirror them back to view life in new (and sometimes unexpected) ways.

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