Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović has an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm that reportedly features a man screaming for 2.5 hours.
According to Speisa.com, Abramović’s exhibit is called “The Cleaner” and contains more than 120 works including “Freeing The Voice” in which a man lays on a mattress and screams until he loses his voice.
Abramović reportedly first performed the “art piece” herself in 1975 when she attempted to “purify her body and mind and switch off her consciousness.”
You can hear an excerpt from the recent display in the Instagram clip below.
The performer screams until he loses his voice. Duration: 2,5 h. (Tap the screen for sound.) Re-performance of Marina Abramović’s 'Freeing the Voice'. The performance is a part of the 'Freeing series' in which she tries to purify her body and mind and attempts to switch off her consciousness. Abramović created the performance in 1975 when she said goodbye to her background in Belgrade. #ModernaMuseet #MarinaAbramovic
This exhibit has not been well-received by many social media users.
@polNewsNetwork1 Whatever happened to painting a nice picture of a tree? Or drawing a horse?
— AverageKekistani (@AKekistani) March 20, 2017
@polNewsNetwork1 WOW ???? I didn’t realize my 2yr old was an artist. He lays on floor, screams,holds breath- oh wait, NO–> it’s a tantrum ????
— Kay (@kayfsmith) March 20, 2017
— ☆Endless Autumn☆ (@Harajuku_Zombie) March 20, 2017
@polNewsNetwork1 Art is suffering but we didn’t mean it like this
— Souru (@hinodeastralis) March 20, 2017
@polNewsNetwork1 It’s actual title is “Typical SJW Libtard”.
— JR (@Rightwing_Vet) March 20, 2017
Marina Abramović, of course, is known for her ‘spirit cooking’ ritual which many prominent Democrats — including John Podesta — were involved in, according to WikiLeaks releases during the 2016 election campaign.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 4, 2016
News of the rituals very quickly drew the ire of social media users.
@wikileaks okay this is getting really creepy now
— RANDY ECONOMY (@EconomyRadio) November 4, 2016
— Hotzenplotz (@der_Hotzenplotz) November 4, 2016
— Don Allen (@Surfingcity) November 4, 2016
Marina Abramović defended the ritual, insisting it was merely performance art and not any sort of satanic ritual.
“Anybody who wants can read my memoirs and find out that [my work] is far away from Satanism,” she said. “My work is really more about spirituality and not anything else. This is a misunderstanding.”