High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

The Lovers. Ulay & Marina
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The Lovers. Ulay & Marina

(Saskia Bak) The Low Countries - 2008, № 16, pp. 82-86

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When the artists Ulay and Marina (Abramovic) met in 1975 in the then hectic environment of Amsterdam, they recognised a lot of themselves in each other and from 1976 they worked together. Ulay & Marina did not operate as a duo of artists in the usual sense that they worked together intensively, inspired, challenged and stimulated each other, or were lovers. They did much more than that. They surrendered themselves to each other and thereby operated on a knife-edge. They were prepared to take risks, both physically and emotionally. It was not only their bodies they made use of in their work, but also their relationship. Together, they were able to achieve symbiosis as man and woman.

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