Reperforming the Work of Marina Abramović

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Currently cast as “reperformer” for Marina Abramović exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts. Throughout the exhibition, which runs from 23rd September 2023 – 1st January 2024, I will perform three challenging and thought-provoking works – Imponderabilia (1977), Luminosity (1997) and Nude with Skeleton (2005).


Luminosty pushes the performance artist’s body to its limit. The performance artist sits suspended on a wall-mounted bicycle saddle, under bright lights, with their arms and legs extended. Describing the work, Abramović says: “When the body is exhausted you reach a point where the body doesn’t exist anymore. Your connection with a universal knowledge is so acute, there is a state of luminosity.”

Nude with Skeleton

A performance artist lies beneath a skeleton, which rises and falls with their breath. The artwork was inspired by an exercise practiced by Tibetan Buddhist monks, which involves sleeping alongside the dead as a means of conquering our fear of dying.


Two naked performance artists stand either side of a narrow doorway. The audience is invited to pass sideways between them. Abramović and Ulay performed the work to explore the idea of “the artist as a doorway to the museum”.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Royal Academy of Arts (RA)
Media of outputOther
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2023
EventMarina Abramovic - The Royal Academy of Arts (RA), Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Sept 20231 Jan 2024


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