Marina Abramović and Ulay began a working realtionship and a love affair of extraordinary intensity towards the end of the 1970s. For the next decade, they lived and worked together, performing theatre/art from the tour van they called home.
Eventually, they felt that they needed to part and go their separate ways. They decided to leave each other just as they had met and lived: as artists, collaborating and working together. So they agreed to walk along the Great Wall of China, each starting from one end and then meeting in the middle. Then they would embrace one last time and part, never to see one another again.
In 2010 Marina Abramović had a retrospective exhibition in which she performed ‘The Artist Is Present.’ In this performance she sat for seven hours every day for three months in the gallery in which her other work was being exhibited. During that time she neither spoke, nor ate nor drank. She shared one minute of silence with each visitor that came to sit in front of her.
A quarter of a century after they had parted, they thought forever, Ulay arrived without her knowing. The performance was being filmed for a documentary about her work. This is what happened.