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Marina Abramović in Cinema and Psychoanalysis Cycle | Space Beyond - Marina Abramović and Brazil

On August 13th, MIS held the Cinema and Psychoanalysis Cycle with the exhibition of the documentary Espaço Beyond - Marina Abramovic and Brasi, by Marco Del Fiol and distributed by ELO Company. The program is a partnership with the Brazilian Society of Psychoanalysis of São Paulo and the support of Folha de S.Paulo. The session, which has free admission and takes place in the MIS Auditorium (172 seats), will be followed by debate with guest psychoanalyst João Frayze-Pereira and journalist Silas Martí. SBPSP's Director of Culture and Community, Luciana Saddi, will mediate the conversation.

Space Beyond - Marina Abramovic and Brazil  (dir. Marco Del Fiol, 2015, Brazil, 86 ', documentary, digital)

In search of personal healing and artistic inspiration, Marina Abramović travels through Brazil experiencing sacred rituals and pushing the boundaries between art and spirituality. How far would she go to compose new works of art? The film makes an ethnographic record while observing Marina's processes of artistic and human appropriation. She comes into contact with the Vale do Dawn rituals, shamanism at Chapada Diamantina, candomblé in Bahia and the crystals of Minas Gerais.

World-renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic travels, seeking spiritual healing, through mystical places and religious communities in Brazil. The most varied forms of belief and expressions of the unofficial religiosity of the country are at the center of the film. Faith gains contours, rituals and words. There are masters and guides. Popular knowledge emerges in precarious or doubtful conditions, lies between abandonment and helplessness, but offers the most varied lenitives to suffering. Religious communities take root in faraway places. Their practices are strange to modernity.

The artist wants to recover, to heal from psychic pain after the end of a very significant love relationship. She gives herself to the healers. Pain, loss and faith intertwine in unconventional religious practices. The very practice of performance, Abromovic's art, resembles the rituals exposed by the film in order to transcend the artist's communion with the work.

“Moments of crisis are important for psychoanalysis. They are opportunities for transformation and self-knowledge. Anguish and suffering, though disturbing, bring revelation. Move, ”explains Luciana Saddi. "Psychoanalysis in its condition of knowledge, treatment and research method combines art and pain, suffering and religion, faith and necessity, illusion and reality," he adds.

Do religious rituals and beliefs buffer or shape despair? Does artistic performance aim at rescuing the deep unconscious and is it about the sacred that has accompanied every human culture since primordial times? Or are spiritualized rituals social manifestations aimed at taking advantage of the fragility and ignorance of the afflicted? And do artistic expressions sublimate pain by rescuing or taking advantage of human truths? These and other issues will be at the heart of the debate.

 

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