Marina Abramovic gets to the other side of fear by facing it
Marina Abramovic's groundbreaking performance art suggests that she's a fearless person — but in fact, she can be the complete opposite.
"You have to do things you're afraid of, not the things you like," Abramovic reminds herself. "If you do things you like, you'll never change and you'll do the same mistakes over and over again."
She was referring to one of her earliest pieces called Rhythm 10 where she turns a well-known knife game into a bloody expression of sound. It was a process that actually scared her but fear never deters Abramovic. Her goal: "Come to the other side of your fear [...] it's a real process of liberation."
In her new memoir, Walk Through Walls (out now), the Serbian born and now New York-based artist opens up about her life growing up the daughter of Communist war-hero parents, leaving home at a young age and some of her most notable pieces of work to date.
WEB EXTRA | Watch a trailer for the Marina Abramovic documentary The Artist is Present, which features clips from a number of art works mentioned in the q interview including Rhythm 10 and The Artist is Present.