Marina Abramović leads a three-month CIRCA presentation of The Hero, a global call for courageous new heroes at a pivotal moment in our collective history.
Set against today’s backdrop of global instability, rising tensions and climate breakdown, the figure of a steadfast woman astride a white horse holds symbolic charge on a world stage dominated by masculine power and escalating conflict. Appearing at 8.22pm Mondays to Thursdays at Living Canvas, this presentation is presented by CIRCA across a network of screens including London, Seoul, Milan, Berlin, New York and Los Angeles. Here, Abramović invites a global audience to consider and assume new definitions of heroism.
Running time: 3 minutes
Since the beginning of her career in Belgrade during the early 1970s, Marina Abramović has pioneered performance as a visual art form. She created some of the most important early works in this practice, including Rhythm 0 (1974), in which she offered herself as an object of experimentation for the audience, as well as Rhythm 5 (1974), where she lay in the centre of a burning five-point star to the point of losing consciousness. These performances married concept with physicality, endurance with empathy, complicity with loss of control, passivity with danger. They pushed the boundaries of self- discovery, both of herself and her audience. They also marked her first engagements with time, stillness, energy, pain, and the resulting heightened consciousness generated by long durational performance. In 2010, Abramovic had her first major U.S. retrospective and simultaneously performed for over 700 hours in “The Artist is Present” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.