Marina Abramović’s work is famous for its shock-factor. In 1974, for example, the Serbia-born performance artist put the relationship between audience and performer to the test by laying out 72 items – including a knife and a loaded gun – and sitting passively among them. Audience members subsequently cut up her clothes using the knife while an exhibition-visitor held the loaded gun to her head. Another performance involved Marina slowly approaching a high-powered fan as she tried to breathe in as much air as her lungs would allow. She lost consciousness shortly afterwards. Her upcoming performance promises to be just as radical.
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