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Marina Abramović, b.1946

Lips of Thomas1975

In ‘Lips of Thomas’, Abramović characteristically pushes the body to extreme limits. The performance involves Abramović carving the pentagram onto her naked body. By using her body as a canvas, she is exposing avowedly political themes relating to physical torture. The religious symbol is highlighted in the drawing of blood.

MediumFramed black and white photograph with framed letter press text panel
Dimensions Image framed 49.5 x 59.7 cm Text framed 26 x 18.4 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1995
EditionEdition 1/16, 3 AP's
Item NumberIMMA.478
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Marina Abramović, Lips of Thomas, 1975, Framed black and white photograph with framed letter press text panel, Image framed 49.5 x 59.7 cm Text framed 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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