Marina Abramovic - Rhythm 0 (1974)
72 objects (including a gun and a bullet) were laid out on a table for the spectators to use on her in any way they chose to use them.
“Abramovic is no stranger to giving much of herself to her work, to her audience and to performance art as a whole, sometimes even putting her body in extreme danger.”
In the course of the performance, Abramovic’s shirt was ripped off and a rose stuck into her chest by its thorns. Despite a signed document releasing the public of any accountability in the event of injury, the performance was cut short when police were called because a loaded gun was aimed at her head.
“The experience I learned was that…if you leave the decision to the public, you can be killed… I felt really violated; they cut my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.” —M. A.
Scarification done by John Joyce
That is one ballsy lady. Flesh removal on the crotch. Ouchies.
Less than 100 years ago Ukrainians faced a famine so great that some turned to cannibalism to survive. Millions of people died (they say between 3–3.5 million, although the number changes depending on the source), and following generations were plagued by birth defects.
The famine wasn’t because of crop failure, it was a deliberate genocidal act by communist Russia to stamp out opposition of the Ukrainian people. We call the man-made famine Holodomor (“extermination by hunger”), and all of my grandparents experienced this catastrophic event firsthand as teenagers.
There are several personal reasons why I feel obligated to perform Sviata Vechera (“Holy Supper”), but none come close to the responsibility I feel to feed my starving dead. My existence is the fruit of my grandparents’ suffering, and I will forever use this privileged life to remember those who came before.
Remembering the Holodomor, Communist genocide of the Ukrainian people
oh my god
It would mean everything to me if you guys would reblog this.
My brother went missing on Tuesday. We’re in the Seattle, WA area. He is extremely mentally unstable right now and very suicidal.
If you know anything or have seen him around please call the police or the following numbers.