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Portraits in Presence of Marina Abramovic

We are delighted to have a limited number of copies available to purchase exclusively from the RA Shop online. These copies are accompanied by book plates, signed by Marina Abramović and Marco Anelli.

On the 10 year anniversary of Marina Abramović’s landmark performance The Artist is Present (2010), Marco Anelli reissues a new edition of Portraits in the Presence of Marina Abramović.

In addition to the originally published 1545 portraits, this special edition includes never before seen archival photographs of the behind-the-scene moments of the artist in preparation for the performance. These photographs reveal the intimate process of the artist during the making of the most ambitious work of her career.


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Dimensions 28 x 2.5 x 21cm
Fabric & material Hardback
No. of Pages 224
SKU 12091296

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Product story

Alongside her retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Marina Abramović staged a performance of three months in the central atrium. Inside a delineated space, visitors from the public were invited to sit in a chair opposite to her and exchange eye contact. The performance drew out a visceral emotional response, captured by Anelli from a distance. To realize this project, Anelli also spent over 716 hours in the museum, meticulously making portraits of Abramović, each individual sitting across from her, and noting the duration of each exchange. These photographs function as the primary representation of this seminal work of performance in the 21st century, chronicling an unforgettable moment in the history of art.