ulay & abramovic

70'lerde büyük aşk yaşayan, birlikte işler üreten iki performans sanatçısı; Marina Abramovic ve Ulay, 1989'da ilişkilerini ruhsal bir yolculukla bitirmeye karar verirler. Çin Seddi'nin iki ayrı ucundan yürümeye başlayıp ortada buluşurlar, birbirlerine son kez sarılır bir daha görüşmemek üzere ayrılırlar.

2010'da Marina Abramovic, Moma'da bir retrospektif sergi açar. Serginin bölümlerinden birinde Abramovic bir sandalyede otururken, masanın diğer tarafındaki sandalyede de tanımadığı kişiler 1 dakika boyunca oturur, konuşmanın olmadığı, sessizliğin paylaşıldığı bir oturuştur bu.

Ancak birden Abramovic'in hiç beklemediği bir şey olur ve karşısındaki sandalyeye Ulay gelip oturur.

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In 1976, Abramović  met Ulay, a West German artist who would become her lover and collaborator for the next twelve years. The duo fell into an impersonal abyss, losing their selfhoods and attempting to become a single entity through arresting performances such as Breathing In/Breathing Out, where they locked mouths and breathed each other’s exhaled breath, eventually filling their lungs with carbon monoxide and falling unconscious. By 1988, their romance had run its course; in typically atypical fashion, the pair decided to part by walking from opposing ends of the Great Wall of China until they met in the middle, and then said goodbye.

On the opening night of Abramović’s retrospective in 2010, the erstwhile lovers were reunited. The video above shows Abramović, sitting and steeling herself for her next silent interlocutor. Ulay approaches, and Abramović, a veteran of such difficult performances, looks up to what may have been the single most unexpected sight of the night, jolting her dignified composure. Their reunion is a deeply tender scene.

(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAID_2iKO5Y)

Start at 1:30. 

Be prepared to cry.

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New York based Artist, Marina Abramović performed “The Artist is Present,” a 736-hour and 30-minute static, silent piece, in which she sat immobile in the museum’s atrium while spectators were invited to take turns sitting opposite her.

On opening night in 2010 at the MoMA, her ex-lover Ulay made a surprise appearance. This is love.