Marina Abramovic

We meet the bold Serbian artist for an interview and covershoot in advance of Frieze Art Fair 2010

© Scott Chasserot

Marina Abramovic is risking life and limb (well, maybe just an eye) for our cover, by befriending the hungry red tailed hawk currently perched on her wrist. Thankfully, the worst Abramovic endures are a few scratches and a sore arm from lifting the bird’s 1.5 kilos for long periods of time. She is, however, more than used to risking real injury, even death, by ritually starving herself, instigating her own blackouts or stabbing herself, all in the name of performance art.

Earlier this year, she sat stock-still for some 700 hours throughout the entire three-month run of her major retrospective, ‘The Artist Is Present’, at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. From opening to lights out, she sat motionless in the atrium, without any food, water or toilet breaks, inviting gallerygoers to sit opposite her for as long as they dared. Her marathon staring match with more than 1,500 museum visitors (including a few famous faces such as Björk, Lou Reed, Kim Catrall and Michael Stipe) was just the icing on a celebration of almost 40 years of similarly strong stuff by the Serbian artist.

Interview: Ossian Ward

See Marina's London shows

  • Frieze Art Fair 2010

    Critics' choice Until Sun Oct 17, Regent's Park

    Marina will be showing at stand B7 at the Fair.

  • Marina Abramovic

    FreeCritics' choiceLast chance Until Sat Nov 13, Lisson Gallery

    Major showing of work by the influential and confrontational artist, whose performances challenge her own body's physical and psychologic...