Event Title

Balkan Elegy: Analysis of the Performance Artist Marina Abramovic

Location

CSU 201

Start Date

9-4-2012 11:00 AM

End Date

9-4-2012 12:00 PM

Student's Major

Art

Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Mentor's Name

Alisa Eimen

Mentor's Department

Art

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Description

My research project revolves around performance artist Marina Abramović and works she has created in the last two decades, with a particular focus placed upon the autobiographical video and performance works produced between 1997 and 2005. These works form a period of the nostalgic evocation of her native country (Serbia) or region (the Balkans), and simultaneously delve into her family\\\'s background, Abramović, a child of Yugoslav military officials, chooses the moment after the culmination of the Yugoslav wars to commence these works, at the time when she herself was distanced from the war-riven region: a wanderer equipped with rationale eager to balance fact and fiction, memento mori and humor, death and life. The period of her art production I will be analyzing, rich with ritual imagery, is framed with its beginning - the major work performed at the XLVII Venice Biennale in 1997, Balkan Baroque, and its ending - Balkan Erotic Epic, video, Belgrade, 2005. These works are conceived as thesis and antithesis: tragedy and satire. My primary area of interest in this research paper is the formulation of these antipodes within a synthesis which could be named \\\"Balkan elegy\\\", through Abramović\\\'s usage of Balkans\\\' history, modern Serbian history stained with bloodshed and genocide, political and social evolution, and, most importantly, tradition or Serbian folklore, imagined as primitive and pagan, and ambiguously represented as innocent and scandalous, and even pornographically offensive.

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Apr 9th, 11:00 AM Apr 9th, 12:00 PM

Balkan Elegy: Analysis of the Performance Artist Marina Abramovic

CSU 201

My research project revolves around performance artist Marina Abramović and works she has created in the last two decades, with a particular focus placed upon the autobiographical video and performance works produced between 1997 and 2005. These works form a period of the nostalgic evocation of her native country (Serbia) or region (the Balkans), and simultaneously delve into her family\\\'s background, Abramović, a child of Yugoslav military officials, chooses the moment after the culmination of the Yugoslav wars to commence these works, at the time when she herself was distanced from the war-riven region: a wanderer equipped with rationale eager to balance fact and fiction, memento mori and humor, death and life. The period of her art production I will be analyzing, rich with ritual imagery, is framed with its beginning - the major work performed at the XLVII Venice Biennale in 1997, Balkan Baroque, and its ending - Balkan Erotic Epic, video, Belgrade, 2005. These works are conceived as thesis and antithesis: tragedy and satire. My primary area of interest in this research paper is the formulation of these antipodes within a synthesis which could be named \\\"Balkan elegy\\\", through Abramović\\\'s usage of Balkans\\\' history, modern Serbian history stained with bloodshed and genocide, political and social evolution, and, most importantly, tradition or Serbian folklore, imagined as primitive and pagan, and ambiguously represented as innocent and scandalous, and even pornographically offensive.

Recommended Citation

Bulajic, Jelena. "Balkan Elegy: Analysis of the Performance Artist Marina Abramovic." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 9, 2012.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2012/oral-session-06/2