In over twenty countries around the world, children are direct participants in war. Denied a childhood and often subjected to horrific violence, an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 children are serving as soldiers for both rebel groups and government forces in current armed conflicts.
The video Dangerous Games features a small house with oversized furniture, located in a rice field in Asia, where some children wearing army clothes and carrying weapons start playing war, creating between each other two armies and using children’s toys, laser weapons, machine guns and helicopters. Slowly, as the game progresses, they start imitating war scenes as seen on TV, such as negotiations and death scenes. At the end of the video, the children are coming out of the house and deposit their weapons in front of it. The youngest child comes out in the end with a burning bramble stick in his hand and lights the pile of weapons. All the children leave while the pile is burning.
b. 1946, Belgrade, Serbia
Lives and works in New York. Since the beginning of her career during the early 1970s, Marina Abramovic has pioneered performance as a visual art form. The body has always been both her subject and medium. Exploring her physical and mental limits in works that ritualize the simple actions of everyday life, she has withstood pain, exhaustion and danger in her quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. She has presented her work at major institutions in the US and Europe and she has participated in large-scale exhibitions including the Venice Biennial (1976 and 1997, when she was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist) and Documenta, Kassel (1977, 1982 and 1992). Recent performances include 7 Easy Pieces at Guggenheim Museum, New York in 2005. In 2010, she had her first major US retrospective and simultaneously performed for over 700 hours in The Artist is Present at Museum of Modern Art, New York. Ongoing and upcoming projects include the theater piece The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic directed by Robert Wilson. She is also planning to open the Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art (MAI) in Hudson, New York, in 2014.