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In ‘Rhythm 10’ Abramović placed her left hand with fingers spread on a large scroll of white paper. She then took one of ten knives positioned in front of her and began to rhythmically stab the spaces between her fingers. Each time the artist accidently cut her skin she took a new knife. Abramović continued the performance until she had been wounded 20 times. Having made an audio recording of this process, she then played back the recording and repeated her actions, trying to match new cuts with the original ones.

MediumFramed black and white photograph
Dimensions Unframed, 75.6 x 100.3 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1995
EditionEdition 1/16, 3 AP's
Item NumberIMMA.473
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Marina Abramović, Rhythm 10, 1973, Framed black and white photograph, Unframed, 75.6 x 100.3 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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