4th DMZ Docs(2012)
I AM DOCU
Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramović, who some affectionately call ‘the grandmother of performance art’, has been redeﬁning what art is for nearly 40 years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her limits – and at times risking her life in the process – she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. Marina Abramović The Artist Is Present follows the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major new retrospective of her work, taking place at The Museum of Modern Art. To be given a retrospective at one of the world’s premier museums is the most exhilarating sort of milestone. For Marina, it is far more: it is the chance to ﬁnally silence the question she has been hearing over and over again for four decades: “But why is this art?” Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present is by no means a typical “art ﬁlm.” With total access granted by the artist and MoMA, the ﬁrst time director Mattew Akers, known for his expertise in shooting cinéma vérité, takes us a mesmerizing cinematic journey inside the world of radical performance, and an intimate portrait of an astonishingly magnetic, endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between life and art.
Akers is the director and Cinematographer of Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present, a feature documentary about the legendary performance artist that had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO in 2012. He has been the producer and Cinematographer of numerous feature documentaries including award winning documentary ﬁlm Lemon, Carrier, the 10-part Emmy Awardwinning PBS television series, etc. Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present (2012)
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