Marina Abramovic, born on November 30th, 1946, in Belgrade, Serbia, is known as the grandmother of performance art. Her work spans three decades and pushes the mental and physical limits of the human body. Her pieces are provocative, terrifying, and at times life threatening. She has taught at five different art universities around Europe as well as written and co-written 14 books and directed two short films. She has also collaborated with several notable artists such as Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, and James Franco. She has won numerous prestigious awards including a Peabody Award for her documentary 'The Artist is Present' which followed the production of her 2010 MoMA exhibition by the same name.