Body and embodiment are the central themes of Marina Markovic’s @marina____markovic artist practice. Her work uses the mediums of performance, video and photography to examine the complex social and historical standards of beauty imposed on the female body. Markovic’s personal experience of anorexia in her early adolescence has informed the basis of her artistic work on body politics, (de)construction of gender and sexuality, and the economy of power where issues of coercion and free will have become inextricably woven.
“Throughout my artistic practice, I try to unveil various socio-political mechanisms of pressure, that is, the bio-political imperative imposed on women by the hetero-patriarchy, pointing to the extent to which the issues of freedom and coercion for a woman are inseparable” – Marina Markovic.
The work ‘Pressure Me’ (2011-2019) is a documentative portrait of all the painstaking and sometimes painful rituals that women perform on daily basis on their own bodies in order to reach/achieve/get closer to the socially constructed ideals of beauty.