Marina Abramovic, 2010, 60'00''

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Confession centers around the artist’s shocking anecdotes. The body that has been subjected to so much physical attrition remains motionless in this video. The attention is thus shifted from the physical to the more psychological realm. Even though she does not speak, Abramovic gives us insight into her troubled past. Memories of her childhood appear as text along the bottom of the screen while she kneels before a donkey. They stand face to face this way throughout the piece, Abramovic mesmerizing the animal with her gaze and seemingly imparting upon it her painful childhood memories. The animal moves its legs and head only rarely. For the majority of the film however, the donkey remains posed - virtually frozen and with a deceptively sympathetic look in hiseye - opposite the artist. Read more...

  • Date: 2010
  • Length: 60'00''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: autobiography, performance (artwork genre), body art
  • Keywords: artist, life, memory, body, personal history, youth