On Marina Abramovic fetishistic essentialism

A worldview unreflexively constructed through the colonial gaze -in the broader apparatus of white supremacy. She says that she loves and respects Aboriginal people and culture, that she “owes everything” to us. The problem is, she is totally sincere within an oppressive framework of fetishistic essentialism. She is a white person who has the privilege of skimming our culture for the parts that are useful or interesting to her, whilst failing completely to engage with the muck and pain of dispossession and coloniality and her own complicit position as its beneficiary.

I would much rather talk about Marina Abramovic as a lightening rod for the systemic racism that pervades the entire discourse of western art and the markets that govern it, as yet another active vector of white imperialist cultural and political priorities.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/awaye/sarah-jane-norman-responds-to-marina-abramovic/7784750