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"Shoot by Marina Abramovic"
2003-04-26 until 2003-06-08
La Fabrica Galeria
Madrid, , ES Spain

From 25 April to 8 June, LA FABRICA GALERÍA will offer an exhibition titled "Shoot", covering the work of the Yugoslavian artist, Marina Abramovic. This exhibition of the work inaugurates the new space LA FABRICA GALERIA, located at Calle Alameda, 9, in the heart of Madrid's "triangle of art", in front of the Prado Museum, very close to the Reina Sofía Museum and next to the site of the future Caixa Forum Madrid to be built by La Caixa.

The gallery will focus its activity on the promotion of the best contemporary art and pay special attention to photography and video art as well as painting, sculpture and drawing. Damián Casado has been appointed director of this gallery, after having worked for four years with María Martin, a Madrid gallery owner and having directed the garage regium gallery from 2001 to 2003.

Marina Abramovic's first exhibition in a private gallery in Spain offers us some of her photographic works of greatest impact, unpublished to date, which represent performances she has carried out in the major international centres of artistic creation. These works will be exhibited simultaneously in video format. Once a year, Marina presents what she terms a "performance biography", which summarises all her experience as an artist and reveals the diverse feelings and sources of inspiration behind her work

Throughout her artistic career, Abramovic has tested the physical and mental limits of the human body. She was one of the pioneers in performances in the 1970s, and has said that performances enabled her to leap to other spaces and dimensions. They also allowed her to explore her body in public, upsetting social codes, and to adopt strategies that destroy myths about what is female, the body, its representation and identity.

Marina Abramovic (Belgrade, 1946) is based in Amsterdam, although she continues to travel all over the world. She has had solo exhibitions and given performances in many countries, including "Moving Pictures" (2002), in New York's Guggenheim Museum, "The Hero" (2001), in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington; "Balkan Baroque" (1997), in the XLVII Venice Biennale; "Becoming Visible" (1995), in the Istanbul Biennial; "Dragon Heads" (1993), in La Caixa, Barcelona; Documenta 9, Kassel (1992) and "Magiciens de la Terre" (1989) in the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, in addition to her site-specific project for the Fundación Montenmedio, in the Montenmedio National Park, in the province of Cádiz (Spain).

Marina Abramovic
Freeing the Body
1975; published in 1994
black and white photograph with letter press text panel
edition of 16, 3 AP's
framed: 29 3/4 x 39 1/2 inches
framed text: 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches

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