About Marco Anelli:
After becoming an internet sensation, Marco Anelli's powerful portraits of sitters in the historic 2010 Marina Abramovic performance at the Museum of Modern Art are now collected and available in their entirety in the Damiani monograph, Portraits in the Presence of Marina Abramovic.
The centerpiece of The Artist is Present, the landmark retrospective of this pioneer of performance art's oeuvre, was Abramovic herself, who sat silently in the museum's atrium inviting visitors to take a seat across from her for as long as they chose. She sat every day for the run of the show—716 hours and 30 minutes— and faced over 1500 people, whose involvement completed the work. Photographer and collaborator Anelli documented every interaction, taking a portrait of each participant and noting the time they spent in the chair. For more information, head to Danziger Projects and media coverage on The Huffington Post.
"In 2010 I sat 21 times across Marina Abramović during her performance at MoMA The Artist is Present. Marco Anelli captured each and everyone of the people who sat across from her, spending three months behind the camera. The portraits speak for themselves. I tattooed the number 21 on my left forearm because the experience was profound and transforming. Marco and I became friends during this time and after two years the book has been published and some of the portraits are shown at the Danziger Gallery."