2010年，超過75萬人在紐約現代藝術博物館（MoMA）排隊，等著參觀瑪莉娜．阿布拉莫維奇集結近50年作品的大型回顧展。最知名的展區莫過於《藝術家在場》（The Artist Is Present）：藝術家本人從開展之日起，每日都坐在館裡，累積時數長達700多小時，參觀者與她對坐、凝視，正如欣賞一幅阿布拉莫維奇的自畫像般。
阿布拉莫維奇總是不斷測試恐懼、痛苦、疲憊與危險的極限，尋求情緒與精神的轉變。她的作品向來驚世駭俗、獨具高度爭議性，擅長以裸體與自殘等創舉拋出議題，挑戰精神與肉體在存活邊緣的自由感。另類的大膽作風讓女神卡卡、Jay Z、奧蘭多．布魯（Orlando Bloom）與碧玉（Björk）等名人，都為她傾倒瘋狂。
“I had experienced absolute freedom—I had felt that my body was without boundaries, limitless; that pain didn’t matter, that nothing mattered at all—and it intoxicated me.”
In 2010, more than 750,000 people stood in line at Marina Abramović’s MoMA retrospective for the chance to sit across from her and communicate with her nonverbally in an unprecedented durational performance that lasted more than 700 hours. This celebration of nearly fifty years of groundbreaking performance art demonstrated once again that Marina Abramović is truly a force of nature.
The child of Communist war-hero parents under Tito’s regime in postwar Yugoslavia, she was raised with a relentless work ethic. Even as she was beginning to build an international artistic career, Marina lived at home under her mother’s abusive control, strictly obeying a 10 p.m. curfew. But nothing could quell her insatiable curiosity, her desire to connect with people, or her distinctly Balkan sense of humor—all of which informs her art and her life. The beating heart of Walk Through Walls is an operatic love story—a twelve-year collaboration with fellow performance artist Ulay, much of which was spent penniless in a van traveling across Europe—a relationship that began to unravel and came to a dramatic end atop the Great Wall of China.
Marina’s story, by turns moving, epic, and dryly funny, informs an incomparable artistic career that involves pushing her body past the limits of fear, pain, exhaustion, and danger in an uncompromising quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. A remarkable work of performance in its own right, Walk Through Walls is a vivid and powerful rendering of the unparalleled life of an extraordinary artist.