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Marina Abramović, b.1946

Freeing the Memory1975

‘Freeing the Memory’ is the second of three significant performances enacted in 1976 in which Marina Abramović attempted to achieve a mental cleaning through the exhaustion of the three main faculties of expression, voice, language and body. In this piece, Abramović said every individual word she could recall until she could no longer continue without repetition. The mental strain of this act, which lasted ninety minutes, allowed the artist to exhaust her consciousness into a state of complete blankness.

MediumFramed black and white photograph with framed letter press text panel
DimensionsImage framed 124.5 x 61 cm Text framed 26 x 18.4 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1995
EditionEdition 1/16, 3 AP's
Item NumberIMMA.482
Not on view
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Marina Abramović, Freeing the Memory, 1975, Framed black and white photograph with framed letter press text panel, Image framed 124.5 x 61 cm Text framed 26 x 18.4 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1995

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About the Artist

Marina Abramović b.1946

Marina Abramović is widely recognised as one of the world's foremost performance artists. Born in Yugoslavia, she has travelled and worked throughout Europe, the United States, China and Latin America. Following a solo exhibition at IMMA in 1996, Abramović was invited to curate ‘Marking the Territory’ in 2001, which drew together some 30 international performance artists at the Museum. — View Artist »