Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramović has been redefining performance art for nearly 40 years. Using her body as a medium, and pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits, Abramović creates emotionally provocative work that transgresses boundaries and expands consciousness. She is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time.
With total access granted by Abramović and the Museum of Modern Art, filmmaker Matthew Akers has created a visually luscious and mesmerizing cinematic journey that takes us inside the world of radical performance. Akers brings us close to the curators, collaborators, lovers, and admirers of the artist. The filmmaker also mines Abramović’s creative process and remarkably grants audiences the coveted experience of sitting across from the artist during the most important show of her career. Marina Abramović The Artist Is Present is both an intimate portrait and an experiential encounter with an astonishingly magnetic, endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between life and art. –Sundance Film Festival
I am a fan of Abramovics, but this was a really awful exposition of an incredible artist. The production quality was dreadful (like reality TV - some of the editing was so bad it was laughable) & there was a great deal of unexplored territory, with much more emphasis on how "glamorous" she's become in the last decade. For an artist who has a manifesto stating "do not become an idol" - this film made her just that.