The Hunt
Marina Abramovic, 1998

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When projected, the videos in the installation 'The Hunt' form a horizontal strip, divided by black strokes framing the images. In black and white each video shows the torso of a shirtless male dancer aggressively dancing to tribal drums and music. The dancers' heads and their legs from the pelvis down are outside the frame. The first video involves a male of Asian descent, who dances wildly to the tribal beats. In the second video is what appears to be a white European male thrusting his pelvis in coordination to the frantic music on the soundtrack. He is swinging his hips and arms until the image fades to white A glance of his face can be seen at some points as he is dancing. In the third video, a black African male dances by shaking and trembling in rhyth with the sound of the drums that ties the three videos together. The work was staged by the Abramovic when she stayed at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Kitakyushu, Japan, in 1998. When exhibited in Kitakyushu in 2001, the installation also included several monitors, each showing a different head. The performers to which the heads belonged held pieces of paper shaped like animals, which they chose as representation of their spirit, as the work was supposed to reflect a specific 'state of mind'. The installation is currently shown without these additional elements. Nevertheless, 'The Hunt' designates a spiritual quest, emphasizing the differences between cultural and ethnic contexts that determine the way the dancers move their bodies to the rhythm. Moreover, the work shows three different ways sexuality is expressed. 'The Hunt' is Abramovic's first solo piece involving male bodies. Read more...

  • Date: 1998
  • Type: Installation
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: body art
  • Keywords: installation - multi-channel video installation, body, culture, dance (subject), eroticism, movement, music (subject)