This major new work and multi-channel video installation explores how sexuality was defined in Balkan pagan traditions. Abramovic researched Serbian folklore and discovered many instances of the employment of eroticism to address everyday issues. For example, if it rained too much the women of the village would run into the fields and lift their skirts in an attempt to scare the gods and end the rain. Sweeping cinematic projections and animations play alongside contextual readings as Abramovic and amateur actors dress in traditional costumes and reanimate myth.
Since the early 1970s, Marina Abramovic has pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form. Exploring the physical and mental limits of her being, she has withstood pain, exhaustion, and danger in the quest for transformation.
Marina Abramovic was born in 1946 in Yugoslavia. She was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale. Recent solo exhibitions have included: Seven Easy Pieces, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Star, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan; Marking the Territory, The Hunt, Center for Contemporary Art, Japan; Spirit Houses, France; Marina Abramovic, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Italy, and Public Body–Artist Body, The Kunstverein, Germany. A substantial forthcoming retrospective will be held in 2008 at the Kunst und Ausstellunghalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Germany. She is represented by Sean Kelly Gallery in New York.