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Marina Abramović, b.1946

Freeing the Voice1975

‘Freeing the Voice’ is one of three significant performances enacted in 1976 in which Abramović attempted to achieve a mental cleaning through the exhaustion of the three main faculties of expression, voice, language and body. In ‘Freeing the Voice’ the artist lay on her back and screamed continuously until she completely lost her voice. The process took 3 hours.

MediumFramed black and white photograph with framed letter press text panel
Dimensions Unframed, 75.6 x 100.3 cm
Unframed, 26 x 18.4 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1995
EditionEdition 1/16, 3 AP's
Item NumberIMMA.483
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Marina Abramović, Freeing the Voice, 1975, Framed black and white photograph with framed letter press text panel, Unframed, 75.6 x 100.3 cm|Unframed, 26 x 18.4 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1995

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

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.
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