Amir Baradaran | BEHIND THE SCENES | The Other Artist Is Present
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amirbaradaran.com - Amir Baradaran's The Other Artist is Present is a performance in four acts wherein he honors, questions and ultimately departs from Marina Abramovics performance at the Museum of Modern Art NYC, titled The Artist Is Present (March 9th-May 31st). Abramovic has invited the public to participate in her latest performance in which participants engage her in a one-on-one encounter in the museums atrium. In a sea of light, seated at a spare wooden table, Abramovic silently engages patrons with only her eyes. Baradaran accepts her invitation as an impassioned fellow artist looking to engage her in a sohbat a Persian term for a conversation with a spiritual dimension. Meticulously responding to concepts and imagery developed by Abramovic, he adds his own layers of interpretation to pay homage to a pioneer of performance art. Baradarans creative implementation of his own cultural background and interest in hyphenated cultural identity inform his performance. Baradarans performance speaks to the notions of timelessness,(dis)continuity and consciousness central to Abramovics work while illuminating issues such as authorship and authority.