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Marina Abramović Manifesto

When talking about Marina Abramović it’s almost like talking about religion. You must deeply understand and experience her work in order to be able to talk about her. As she herself says in An artist’s life Manifesto, ‘sometimes it is difficult to find the key’, but if you take the time to observe her formidable performances it’s easy to get through the actual art act, and trully feel the connection with the artist’s work and personality.

Marina Abramović in ELLE Serbia. Photo by Dusan ReljinMarina Abramović in ELLE Serbia. Photo by Dusan Reljin

Simply watching Marina Abramović speak is a true inspiration, a monument of self control, generosity and openness and nevertheless a beautiful human being.

Marina Abramović  for W Magazine The Kitchen I—Homage to Saint Therese, 2009Marina Abramović for W Magazine
The Kitchen I—Homage to Saint Therese, 2009

THE DRESS, Marina Abramović, Laos 2008 Photo Attilio Maranzano, Dress Riccardo Tisci for GIVENCHY
THE DRESS, Marina Abramović, Laos 2008 Photo Attilio Maranzano, Dress Riccardo Tisci for GIVENCHY

Marina Abramovic, Artist Portrait with a Candle, Luciana Brito GaleriaMarina Abramovic, Artist Portrait with a Candle, Luciana Brito Galeria

I love watching her and discovering her values that I as well treasure. I’ve been listening to her Manifesto for an artist’s life a few times and everytime I hear it, sounds so suitead for everyone, artist or not.

I marked the lines in her manifesto which I trully feel I have embraced for some time in my life.

Marina Abramović. An artist’s life Manifesto

1. An artist’s conduct in his life:
– An artist should not lie to himself or others
– An artist should not steal ideas from other artists
– An artist should not compromise for themselves or in regards to the art market
– An artist should not kill other human beings
An artist should not make themselves into an idol (three times)

2. An artist’s relation to his love life:
– An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist (three times)

3. An artist’s relation to the erotic:
– An artist should develop an erotic point of view on the world
– An artist should be erotic (three times)

4. An artist’s relation to suffering:
– An artist should suffer
– From the suffering comes the best work
– Suffering brings transformation
Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit (three times)

5. An artist’s relation to depression:
– An artist should not be depressed
– Depression is a disease and should be cured
Depression is not productive for an artist (three times)

6. An artist’s relation to suicide:
– Suicide is a crime against life
An artist should not commit suicide (three times)

7. An artist’s relation to inspiration:
– An artist should look deep inside themselves for inspiration
– The deeper they look inside themselves, the more universal they become 
– The artist is universe (three times)

8. An artist’s relation to self-control:
– The artist should not have self-c ontrol about his life
The artist should have total self-control about his work

9. An artist’s relation with transparency:
– The artist should give and receive at the same time
– Transparency means receptive 
– Transparency means to give 
– Transparency means to receive (three times)

10. An artist’s relation to symbols:
– An artist creates his own symbols
– Symbols are an artist’s language
– The language must then be translated
Sometimes it is difficult to find the key (three times)

11. An artist’s relation to silence:
An artist has to understand silence
– An artist has to create a space for silence to enter his work
Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean (three times)

12. An artist’s relation to solitude:
– An artist must make time for the long periods of solitude 
– Solitude is extremely important
– Away from home
– Away from the studio
– Away from family
– Away from friends
– An artist should stay for long periods of time at waterfalls
– An artist should stay for long periods of time at exploding volcanoes
– An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the fast running rivers
– An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the horizon where the ocean and sky meet
– An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the stars in the night sky

If you wish to discover more about Marina Abramović work, Artsy.net  offers a very accessible way to the world’s art. For an exhaustive view on Abramović, you have  a page dedicated to the artist, whith  over 75 of her works, exclusive articles, as well as up-to-date Abramovic exhibition listings. Thank you for the initiative, Artsy.net!

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