Marina Abramovic and Ulay - Impoderabilia (1977)
Abramovic and Ulay expose themselves completely to the public’s view – in effect, this is the public image of themselves they are presenting to the viewer. Yet, what the piece seems to be exploring is the reaction of the public to this persona. While watching the video of this performance, it is not the blatant and unabashed nudity that captures one’s attention; instead, it is the reaction of the public to the situation they find themselves in that catches the eye. Each visitor to the museum must make two important decisions. First, he must decide whether or not to enter the museum. Second, he must decide which figure to face when passing through the entrance. The taboo nature of nudity makes these decisions seem critical. Do I want to squeeze my way past two nude bodies? If I do, whom shall I face? These are the questions that are posed to the visitors in line to enter the museum.