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Biting the Onion

by Frances Guerin
        Galerie Serge le Borgne is currently showing a mini-retrospective of performance artist, Marina Abramovic's 30 odd year career. The show contains C-prints and photographic documentation of performances since 1975. But the highlight is a continuous screening of The Onion (1996), a 20 minute looped video in which Abramovic eats an onion. It sounds so easy, and yet, it is excruciating, both to eat and to watch. The video was made as a part of the Video Portrait Gallery (1975-2002), and is made specifically for the film camera, as opposed to a document of live performance which is often... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 2/15/09