Charlotte Appleyard

The Artist is Present

Walk through Walls: A Memoir

By Marina Abramović with James Kaplan

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Performance art isn’t typically something we consider very funny, at least not intentionally. More often it evokes images of wan-faced waifs in unitards, attempting to describe the agonies of the human experience through mime. Marina Abramović uses performance art to tackle the big themes of life and death, forcing us to question the nature of art and what it is to be alive. So you’d be forgiven for being surprised that she’s also extremely funny.

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