Nude with Skeleton
Marina Abramovic, 2005, 15'46''

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A skeleton lays supine on top of Marina Abramovic, who is nude. Both are filmed sideways; the living and dead body are almost perfectly aligned. The skull and Abramovic' head look to the same direction. The ribs of the skeleton press upon her chest. Her breathing is accentuated and amplified. The skeleton's spine, ribcage and head follow her movements while Abramovic inhales and exhales. A spectre of life haunts the bones as Abramovic continues to breathe life into them. According to Abramovic, the human skeleton is a metaphorical representation of '…the last mirror we will all face' , referring to death and temporality, which are recurring themes in Abramovic's work. As she is 'animating' the skeleton, life and death are simultaneously made visible.

e with Skeleton' addresses similar themes as Abramovic' older work 'Cleaning the Mirror II' from 1995. In 'Cleaning the Mirror II', the artist's body and the skeleton are shown from a different angle; more and more extreme close-ups of their faces emphasise the harsh contrast between them. 'Nude with Skeleton' is a simple looped image of Abramovic and the skeleton, lying quietly on the floor, visible from head to toe – a single, strong image presenting a more serene unity between life and death. Read more...

  • Date: 2005
  • Length: 15'46''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: performance (artwork genre), body art
  • Keywords: registration (technique), death, life, body