Marina Abramović's tribute to Ulay in Artforum
4 May 2020
Artforum published a touching tribute from Marina Abramović to her former partner and artistic collaborator, Ulay.
Ulay, my former partner in love and art, died this year, and I lost a dear friend. He was an exceptional artist and human being who will be sorely missed by all who knew him and his work. We embarked on our private and professional journey together in Amsterdam in 1975. When we first met, on November 30, the date of birth we shared, in many ways we each felt as though we had found our other half. Our meeting was male and female energy coming together to create a third unified element we called “That Self.” The nickname we used for each other was Glue, which speaks to the way we viewed our relationship.
Ulay was a genuine artist. He never compromised and never shied away from the truth, however uncomfortable it might be. This was an ideology we had in common, and it brought us together in the first place.
Image: Marina Abramović and Ulay, Amsterdam, 1981