Frank Uwe Laysiepen (born 1943), better known as Ulay, has been a pioneer of Polaroid photography and one of the central figures of performance art since the 1970s. A singular presence among the artists of his generation, his radically innovative work, partly known for his twelve-year partnership with Marina Abramović, has received critical acclaim worldwide.
Whispers: Ulay on Ulay reveals an extremely innovative oeuvre that is coherently rooted in a personal life philosophy, which is guided by strong ethical principles. This book attempts to uncover the threads that weave the seemingly disparate aspects of his work into a fabric of passionate pursuits, driven by a rigorous inner necessity. ‘I have produced a very bizarre body of work,’ Ulay says of his artistic career, ‘I have experimented a lot. You have to if you are aiming at something that does not yet exist.’
This generous volume provides new insight into the attitude, ways of working, the early work and current endeavours of Ulay, based on findings by Maria Rus Bojan and an extensive interview with Alessandro Cassin.
536 pages, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, paperback, English