Yugoslavian, born 1946, lives in Amsterdam
Marina Abramović was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Belgrade, from 1965– 1970, and continued her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, from 1970–1972. Abramović first became known for her performance and video projects exploring the possibilities and limits of the body and mind, themes that remain paramount in her work. Her 12 years of collaboration with the artist Ulay ended during their 1988 project, in which each artist walked from opposite ends of the Great Wall of China; after two months of walking, they met, for the last time, at the wall’s center. Abramović's work has been exhibited widely in the United States and Europe. In 1997, she won the International Award at the Venice Biennale for her video installation and performance Balkan Baroque. A major oneperson traveling exhibition was organized by the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, in 1995, and traveled to Denmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and Australia.