Screenings | Avalokiteshvara and 8 Lessons


  • Benaki Museum 138 Pireos Athina, 118 54 Greece

Screenings

12.00-17.00 & 18.00-20.00

 

AVALOKITESHVARA (DALAI LAMA FILM), 1983

DIRECTED BY MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ

VIDEO COURTESY OF MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ ARCHIVES

During Marina Abramović’s visit in 1982 to Frankfurt, she directed Avalokiteshvara, a film on the Dalai Lama's message for peace. It includes excerpts from the Dalai Lama’s public talk, teachings at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, Pomaia, and meeting an elder of the Hopi people.

 

8 Lessons Documentary, 2008

Video courtesy of Marina Αbramović archives

 Marina’s work 8 Lessons on Emptiness with a Happy End communicates profound anxiety about the excess of contemporary representations of violence. 8 Lessons is a complex video installation that should, along with its companion photographic series, be understood as a counterpoint to the countless atrocities represented everywhere. Marina employs a performative strategy of re-creating stylized warfare psychodrama performed by children, meant to lead to spiritual purification. This film documents the production of this particular artwork.