Guest Writer: Julia Leyland- Marina Abramović: A Monologue

By Thursday, March 12, 2015 0 2

Guest writer Julia Leyland presents to the readers of EphemeralMag, Marina Abramović: A Monologue, a highly creative and reflective piece that transcends the voice of Abramović without compromising on the technicalities and critiques of the artist herself.


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“Marina Abramović: A Monologue enacts as a compact catalogue raisonné, a style close to Abramović’s heart – as each voice channelled through ‘Marina’, including her very own, re-performs performance and theatrically surrenders to her art.”


Julia professes that she found inspiration for this essay from Abramović and the themes she explores, such as limitations of the body, possibilities of the mind and the relationship between audience and artist. She comments “Although I researched theory on performance and immateriality, much of the writing is a fusion of Marina’s statements and my own.”


In this essay Julia conveys that the construction of self, with regards to the medium of performance, is complex and paradoxical. She argues that the relationship between audience and performance artist is an eternal power struggle, between control and individual interpretation, interjection and participation. Ultimately, Julia concludes that the performance artist is their own most faithful and deceitful critic.


In regards to the essays creative structure, Julia remarks, “I felt it was important to put a disclaimer, or rather explanation of my intentions at the beginning, in order for the system of a multiple personae to be understood. Although the piece is not chronological there is an (auto?) biographical aspect, a sense of Marina and the voices that she channels telling a story, her story. I felt this – the monologue – needed to exist as it’s own entity within the body of the essay. I also felt there needed to be a conclusion, which can be considered my own self critique – of ‘her’ (our) critique of self, if that makes sense. I felt it was important to offer a metaphorical approach (monologue and soliloquy) for interpretation and negotiation of the text. There are frequent short sentences on account that the piece is a monologue, or perhaps a performance – it is meant to be listened to, not read, frequent pauses would allow for emphasis and elicit audience reaction.”


Julia often engages with themes of ‘women’, ‘autobiography’, ‘identity’, ‘memory’, ‘curating contemporary art’, ‘contemporary Middle Eastern art’, and ‘continental philosophy and modernity’ within her work. “In terms of curatorial practice, I am interested in the production and dissemination of knowledge, how art connects with the spectator and is experienced.”


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