Wednesday, February 21, 2007

"Stromboli Pieta" (2006) by Marina Abramović

"Stromboli Pieta" (2006) by Marina Abramović, framed chromogenic print, 180 x 150 cm, edition of 7 plus 2 APs

Stromboli is a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the north coast of Sicily, containing one of the active volcanoes in Italy. Abramović has a house there. A pietà (Italian for compassion) is an artwork depicting the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Christ.

"Stromboli is the last permanently active volcano in Europe," she said, leaning forward intently with her dark eyes flashing. "Every 20 minutes, it's shooting out lava. Every 20 minutes. Black sand. Black beach. Everything black. It's fantastic." (source)

Photo courtesy Sean Kelly Gallery.

Also see another post on Marina Abramović.

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