Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present
Matthew Akers, U.S., 2011.
Directed by: Matthew Akers
Script: Matthew Akers
Producer: Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff
Production company: Show Of Force, AVRO Television, Dakota Group
Editing: E. Donna Shepherd
Music: Nathan Halpern
Format: video
Running time: 102'

Marina Abramović has been called 'the grandmother of performance art' although she's as youthful as ever in Matthew Akers's fascinating, visually crisp documentary portrait, tracking Abramović's celebrated 2010 MOMA retrospective. The Serbian-born artist made work in the 1970s concerning the limits and conceptions of the body that have long since become part of the modern art canon, yet she still continues to athletically press at the boundaries of performance art. Granted a yearlong all-access pass, Akers captures Abramovic's many selves as she stages this major exhibition. The MOMA show, titled The Artist Is Present was a marathon spectacle in which Abramović faced viewers singly, silently gathering ever more fervent groupies along the way. Akers' camera also captures her posing glamorously for fashion magazines; in guru mode, training young artists to enact her early work; sick in bed using chromatic therapies; domestic while cooking pasta; and emotionally raw while reconnecting with her former art and life partner, Ulay.

Awards and Festivals
Berlin International Film Festival 2012 - Panorama Audience Award
Sarajevo Film Festival 2012 – Audience Award for Best Feature Film
Sundance Film Festival 2012

Directors Biography
For the past 12 years, Matthew Akers has been producing and shooting feature documentaries and television series. Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present is the first feature-length documentary that he has both shot and directed.

Location and screening schedule:
GRIČ CINEMA, Monday, October 15th at 12.00
GRIČ CINEMA, Monday, October 15th at 18.00
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Sunday, October 21st at 20.00
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