Marina Abramovic is a well-known performing artist in the modern era. In doing her art, Marina emphasises concentration, communication, and vital energy.
Marina worked with her partner and fellow artist, Ulay, in the 1970s. They did many performance pieces together—some confrontational, others profound.
Such as this piece, entitled Rest Energy, Marina stands with Ulay, both pulling each end of a loaded arrow. If either person falters, the arrow will pierce Marina’s heart.
As dangerous as it appears, Mariana and Ulay are demonstrating an ultimate symbol of trust, focus, and commitment.
Profound symbolism and silence
Marina was into exploring profound symbolism and gestures. Such as when Marina and Ulay decided to separate. They each began to journey from opposite ends of the Great Wall Of China, eventually meeting in the middle. With a final embrace, they parted ways.
In this moving video, Marina and Ulay reunite for the first time since that parting in a minute’s silence. Watch their facial expressions as they reconnect.