Thursday, September 20, 2012

Marco Anelli: Portraits in the Presence of Marina Abramovic | Danziger Gallery | September 20, 2012

Danziger Gallery's Project Room is pleased to host the book launch and exhibition of a selection of photographs from Marco Anelli's much talked about series - "Portraits in the Presence of Marina Abramovic".

Marco Anelli's powerful work captured every visitor as they sat across from Abramovic in her historic 2010 performance at the Museum of Modern Art.

The centerpiece of the landmark retrospective "The Artist is Present" was Abramovic herself, who sat silently in the museum's atrium inviting visitors to take a seat across from her for as long as they chose. She sat every day for the run of the show-716 hours and 30 minutes- and faced over 1500 people, whose involvement completed the work. Anelli, present for the entire duration of the show, realized his photographic project taking a portrait of each participant and noting the time they spent in the chair. Just as Abramovic's piece concerned duration, the photographs give the viewer a chance to experience the performance from Abramovic's perspective. They reveal both dramatic and mundane moments, and speak to the humanity of such interactions, just as the performance itself did.

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