Marina Abramovic - In Residence

As part of an incredible event, Valiant was proud to once again contribute as the Event Styling Partner for Marina Abramović – In Residence, a Kaldor Public Arts Project held in Sydney at Pier 2/3 Hickson Rd Walsh Bay.

We created the tables for the iconic Rice & Lentil counting installation and debrief area as well as providing green room furniture for Marina and the artists in residence throughout the program.

Hiring was the obvious solution due to the nature of the project and our in house Joinery was able to create the custom furniture required to make this event a true success.

About the event:

Awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the 1997 Venice Biennale, and listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2014, Abramović has presented solo exhibitions at leading institutions around the world. For the 30th Kaldor Public Art Project, ‘Marina Abramović: In Residence’ represents the latest development in the artist’s four-decade-long career, an innovative new experience at the forefront of international art.

Abramović and her team will be onsite at Pier 2/3 for 12 days, to lead you through a series of transformative experiences that will shift your focus, challenge your perceptions and change the way you look at art. Positioned just beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge and around the corner from Sydney Opera House, the vast Walsh Bay Pier will become a pop-up gallery venue, housing Abramović’s extraordinary project, an artists’ residency program and ongoing public talks and special events.

In her own words: (Courtesy of Kaldor Public Arts Project)

“I have made a career as a performance artist for 40 years now and my relationship to the public is changing. It used to be very simple: the public was sitting in the audience and I was performing in front of them. Then, with my performance ‘The Artist is Present’, I created a one-to-one experience where the public was watching and only one person was actually experiencing. In ‘512 Hours’, which I did at the Serpentine Galleries in London, the public were actually the ones performing and I just blended in.

In Sydney, for ‘Marina Abramović: In Residence’, I will be like a conductor in the exhibition space, but it will be the public who will take the physical and emotional journey. We constantly like to be entertained, to get things from outside. We never take time to get in touch with ourselves… our inner self. My function in this new kind of performance situation is to show you, through the Abramović Method, what you can do for yourself. I wanted to make this big change because I understood that actually you can’t get any experience by me doing it for you… So I’m completely shifting the paradigm, changing the rules.”

– Marina Abramović

Marina’s Bio:


Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Marina Abramović has pioneered performance as a visual art form since the 1970s and has become one of the most celebrated and iconic artists of our time. The body has always been both subject and medium for Abramović, exploring her physical and mental limits in works that ritualise the simple actions of everyday life. Abramović has withstood pain, exhaustion and danger in her quest for emotional and spiritual transformation.

Abramović has presented solo exhibitions at leading institutions around the world and her work has also been included in many large-scale international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1976 and 1997) and documenta 6, 7 and 9, Kassel, Germany (1977, 1982 and 1992). In 2010, the Museum of Modern Art in New York held a major retrospective ‘The Artist is Present’, which attracted over 850,000 visitors. In 2014, ‘512 hours’ at The Serpentine Galleries in London was a huge success and transformed the way people looked at art.

Moroso, Marina and Valiant:

Interestingly, the renowned Italian furniture design company Moroso formed a special partnership with Marina, creating one off pieces for her exhibition overseas. Valiant Events are set to launch an exclusive hire range of Moroso ranges in Australia next month.

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