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Step inside the factory in Madrid where superstars make their art

Marina Abramovic is most famous for her feats of endurance. In 2002 she lived in a gallery without food for 12 days

Workers in the Madrid foundry that Factum contracts with to create its artworks; from left: Charles Westgarth, Jenifer Vahos, and Carolina Ruiz
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Workers in the Madrid foundry that Factum contracts with to create its artworks; from left: Charles Westgarth, Jenifer Vahos, and Carolina Ruiz

James Tarmy | Bloomberg
On a sunny February afternoon in Madrid, the performance artist Marina Abramovic is going over a list of things she wants to create for her coming solo show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. For starters, there’s something she calls a “fountain.”

“The fountain is me, made out of glass,” she explains, speaking in a Slavic-accented English that’s delivered in a soft near-monotone. “But out of everything—my nose, mouth, eyes, breasts, fingertips—comes blood.”

Abramovic is most famous for her feats of endurance. In 2002 she lived in a gallery without food for 12 days. In 2010, for a piece titled

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First Published: Mar 31 2018 | 8:45 PM IST

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