Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Marina Abramovic (of Abramovic and Ulay)

The Lovers, Abramovic and Ulay, 1988
Marina Abramovic and Uwe Laysiepn (Ulay) met in 1976 and became lovers and partners in a conceptual collaborative relationship that lasted 12 years.  In 1988, after years of tumultuous relations, they performed their last piece together - The Lovers - in which each of them beginning at opposite ends of the Great Wall of China walked for many many days and until they met... in the middle.  At their meeting they said goodbye ... forever.  Abromavic describes it as "That walk became a complete personal drama.  Ulay started from the Gobi Desert and I from the Yellow Sea.  After each of us walked 2500 km, we met int he middle and said good-bye."

Abramović's work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.

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