English and Portuguese with English subtitles
THE SPACE IN BETWEEN – MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ IN BRAZIL
By Marco Del Fiol
“I love to live in the space in-between. The space in-between for me is one of the most creative spaces for artists to be. It’s when you’re leaving old habits and you’re completely open to destiny. You’re open to new ideas, when everything is so vulnerable because you’re out of your control zone.”
– Marina Abramović
One of the most influential performance artists of our time, Marina Abramović was compelled by personal pain to travel to Brazil in search of healing and artistic inspiration through its mystical practices. Known for testing the limits of her body in her art, Abramović seeks to overcome physical and mental confines by committing to the process of these unfamiliar sacred ceremonies. Part-documentary, part-video installation, this film follows her as she engages in various spiritual acts: connecting with “psychic surgeon” John of God in Abadiâna; participating in healing rites at Vale Do Amanhecer; consuming hallucinogenic ayahuasca in Chapada Diamantina; and encountering the energy of crystals in Corinto. Her body becomes the site of change, drawing the connection between ritual and performance.
From this experience, Abramović created new artistic interventions to empower the public to create their own performances and go on transformational inner journeys in the absence of the artist. The life-giving potential of art is realised, enabling one to access that shimmering space where things come into being, and faith resides.
The Space in Between – Marina Abramović in Brazil had its world premiere at the 23rd SXSW Film Festival (USA, 2016) where it was the only foreign film nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category. It closed the 12th Biografilm Festival (2016) in Italy; the 37th Durban International Film Festival (2016) in South Africa; and was part of the official selection at the 10th Sydney Underground Film Festival (2016). It has also competed at the 60th BFI London Film Festival (UK, 2016) and the 38th Moscow International Film Festival (Russia, 2016), and been shown all over the world at festivals such as the 1st AyaFilm: World Ayahuasca Film Festival (Brazil, 2016), 33rd Bogotá Film Festival (Colombia, 2016), 53rd Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Taiwan, 2016), and 13th ZagrebDox (Croatia, 2017).
Marco Del Fiol (b. 1964) is a director, editor and screenwriter. His films—which include Rafael França: Artwork as Testament (2001), Olafur Eliasson: Your Body of Work (2011) and Isaac Julien: Geopoetics (2012)—seek to broaden the dialogue between the contemporary artist, their artwork and the public. His works have been exhibited in festivals at the Museo Reina Sofia and Centre Pompidou, and are in the permanent collections of the Israel Centre for Contemporary Art and the Hong Kong Arts Centre.
English and Portuguese with English subtitles
Approximately 88 minutes
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