From Zen Garage: “Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened.”
I shared this on Facebook yesterday, so moved by the ways in which this demonstrates how we all break open. What a powerful thing to feel our chest open at the sight of another human being, in instantaneous awareness of all the complexity that this proximity brings back to us. They parted long ago on the Great Wall of China, Ulay having impregnated his 25-year-old translator. And now something like a wind, of shock and of recognition, erases that sand structure that separated them. As Gary Grant commented on my post of this on Facebook, “I see two children. Two beautiful fools. ‘See each other again’ … just a story. ‘Never see each other again’ … a story as well.”
Who would make your heart catch in this way?