Once again returing to my love of Abramovic and her work.
Although her work is prominently to do with relations with other people and the audience a couple of her pieces really stick out to me as being isolated and alienated.
The lovers in which she and her partner Ulay both continuously walked for 90 days, covering 2500km each from opposite ends of the great wall of china. The artsist walked alone for the whole time with the goal of meeting in the middle of both there walks embracing and never seeing each other after. She later described the process: “We needed a certain form of ending, after this huge distance walking towards each other. It is very human. It is in a way more dramatic, more like a film ending … Because in the end we both would be really alone, whatever we would do.” The idea of 90 days alone and isolated journeying towards contanct to only dismiss it once you receive it is a powerful gester towards self strenght and power.
In contrast to the previous piece Abramovic’s most recent piece The Artist Is Present she sat in a chair in a gallery for 3 months 8 hours a day and invited the viewing public to sit opposite her and stare into her eyes. During this performance even though to some extent she was surrounded and interacting with people she separated and isolated herself from everyone by not responding or talking to any of the participants. She created this impenetrable barrier between herself and everyone else somehow managing to separate her self from any kind of relation.