Ashvarya: Chapter 1: Marina Abramovic (Brayshaw and Witts are Compilers)

Brayshaw Teresa and Noel Witts. The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader 3rd ed. London:Routledge ,2014. 9-21. Print.

The first chapter talks about the interview of the famous performance art actor Marina Abramovic. She stated in an interview that she was throughly impressed by the rituals of certain people, like the Aboriginies. “They follow a certain pattern of doing things, of using symbols in a way that they really function. We have been trying to integrate certain symbols into our work.” (14)

She further stated the importance of integrating symbols in her performance art. The symbols used by the natives is a practical function.”Symbols- the material, colour, shape, placement of the symbol along with the approach has to be perfect. Then the symbol will be able to generate power. If it is the right place and the right time. When abused, the symbol can bring harm. (Abramovic,14)

In the Visual Album’s Lemonde , the song ‘Sandcastel’ depicts Oshun, the river orisha, or goddess, in the Yoruba tribe. Women have worn these symbols on their faces. This goddess is said to represent water, purity, fertility, love, and sensuality along with attributes such as vanity, jealousy, and spite.
While one is seriously engaging with the symbols , it could give them immense power. “Natives are connected with the energy of the Earth and the flow of nature. And from that they generate the whole thing. And in the simple way that we work,we have to be receptive of this.” (Abramovic, 14)

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