Flavorpill Network
Flavorpill + Earplug Artkrush Boldtype Activate

Flavorpill: Beta

New York City | Los Angeles | San Francisco | London | Chicago | Miami


International Art Online

send feedback

About Us

Artkrush is a bimonthly email magazine covering the key figures, exhibitions, and trends in international art and design.

Sign up for Artkrush.

More about us


Traverse the Web

Daily updated sites we dig

  • Frieze
  • Art Fag City
  • Artnet
  • Wooster Collective
  • Fette's Flog
  • Archinect
  • Core77
  • Designboom
  • Design Observer
  • We Make Money Not Art
  • Rhizome.org
  • Alec Soth Blog
  • More »


August 6, 2008

Marina Abramovic: 8 Lessons on Emptiness with a Happy End

Galerie Guy Bärtschi
Now through September 12

Questioning the role of media on violence in society, performance-art doyenne Marina Abramovic's latest project poses Laotian children — symbols of innocence — costumed as soldiers in various warlike scenarios, all against the backdrop of a region known for spirituality, but also conflict. The Family, a series of large color photographs, includes one of the artist-as-mother surrounded by her military clan of uniformed children. In The Family XI, Abramovic evokes a guerilla goddess by brandishing several weapons in her folded arms; in The Family IX, two blank-faced teenage girls stand on an oversized chair holding rifles. Downstairs, the exhibition's title piece — a video installation on five screens — intercuts Abramovic's faux war scenes with serene Laotian landscapes. Powerful in its imagery, this stunning show leaves viewers with a feeling of emptiness at the futility of war.

-Marlyne Sahakian

A comprehensive catalogue is available from the gallery.

Keep Spreading It

Sharing is caring

Invite Your Friends »
About | Contact | Press | Advertising | Design | Subscribe | Unsubscribe | ANTI-SPAM/Privacy Policy