Outside of medical contexts, babies tend to be photographed sentimentally, but Shin spares us none of the violent intensity of bringing about life and of being alive. To have a child is a risk, to make art is a risk — and Shin’s images simultaneously showcase the fragility of the human animal and the ferocity of its will.
What are pure art aims?
That music is primarily a combination of tones
Painting a combination of colors
Dancing a combination of movements.
Let us say this in artistic terms: we want more
Dynamic and static
Weight and qualities
Rhythm and balance
and so on.
I’m so interested in the notion of heartbreak and what you’ve said about how it’s such a unifying experience for humans, and that the idea of dying of heartbreak is very close to your heart. Do you think that this is the ultimate fantasy for anyone with a romantic temperament?
Marina Abramović: It’s very romantic but, at the same time, it needs to be cured. When you make something about your broken heart and you go through these heavy emotions, you come out the other side healed. Healing is very important to me. One of the effects of this work should be that humans can always project their own feelings into this project and they can heal. The broken heart takes time, but you can come to heal on the other side.