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Mirror Your Audience: Four Life Lessons From Performance Artist Marina Abramović

Mirror Your Audience: Four Life Lessons From Performance Artist Marina Abramović

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People have a profound need to connect

In 2010, Marina Abramovic performed The Artist is Present, where she sat for eight hours a day for three months. In this special exhibit, Abramovic is sitting in one of the galleries. You wait in line to sit across her. Some people sit for a moment, others for long stretches.

"Human beings are afraid of very simple things: we fear suffering, we fear mortality."

Finding a way to accept and process fear is a task that can be mastered, but we have to be willing to acknowledge and explore our fears. When we confront what we are afraid to do, we find great o...

“All at once it occurred to me—why paint? Why should I limit myself to two dimensions when I could make out from anything at all: fire, water, the human body? Anything! There was something like a click in my mind—I realized that being an artist meant having immense freedom.”

We nee...

“What is art? I feel that if we see art as something isolated, something holy and separate from everything, that means it’s not life. Art must be a part of life. Art has to belong to everybody.”

Part of Abramovic’s success comes from her fearlessness in using performance ar...

Marina Abramovic

“It’s interesting with art. Some people have the ability—and the energy—not just to make the work, but to make sure it’s put in exactly the right place, at the right moment. Some artists realize they have to spend as much time as it took them to get an idea in finding the way to show it, and ...

Making ideas and selling them require different skills that one person is not always capable of.

When we know our capabilities, we can be successful by knowing how and where to ask for help. We have to play a part in getting recognised. We can't expect everything just to ha...

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