Mario Carbone – Posto Fisso. Marina Abramovic e Ulay a Bologna, 1977

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September 10 – October 10, 2012

s.t. foto libreria galleria – via degli Ombrellari, 25 – Rome

In conjunction with the Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, s.t. foto libreria galleria presents Posto Fisso. Marina Abramovic e Ulay a Bologna, 1977: an exhibition curated by Paola Paleari and Paola Scremin which pays homage to one of the most important Italian photographer and filmmaker and to a big artist of that time.

In 1977, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna hosted the International Week of Performance, curated by Renato Barilli, which gathered several important artists of the time. Among them was Marina Abramovic who, together with her partner Ulay, put on stage “Imponderabilia”, one the most well-known creations of the Serbian artist. In this work, the two performers, both completely naked, stood at the opposite sides of a doorway, forcing visitors to squeeze between them in order to pass through. The purpose of the action was the exploration of human physical limits and psychological reactions, obtained through the artists’ live presence in real time.

On that occasion, the photographer and documentary filmmaker Mario Carbone (1924), a specialist in depicting Italian everyday life and later the contemporary art scene, shot a documentary and some pictures during the performance’s preparation and execution.

Posto Fisso. Marina Abramovic e Ulay a Bologna, 1977 presents the documentary itself, a series of screenshot prints and a selection of the black and white photos taken during the event.

The exhibition will offer the possibility to browse through a wider selection of short documentaries and photographic works by Mario Carbone, which range from social issues to contemporary art.

Image Above: Mario Carbone: Marina Abramovic and Ulay performing “Imponderabilia”. Bologna, 1977

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Marina Abramovic

Galleria comunale d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, 1977

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Marina Abramovic – Ulay

performing “Imponderabilia”. Bologna, 1977

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Marina Abramovic – Ulay

performing “Imponderabilia”. Bologna, 1977

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Marina Abramovic – Ulay

performing “Imponderabilia”. Bologna, 1977

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Audience at Galleria comunale d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, 1977

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“Imponderabilia. Arte Vitale”, 1977

screenshot print # 16

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“Imponderabilia. Arte Vitale”, 1977

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“Imponderabilia. Arte Vitale”, 1977

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“Imponderabilia. Arte Vitale”, 1977

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