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Whispers: Ulay on Ulay

Authors: Maria Rus Bojan, Alessandro Cassin

Contributors: Marina Abramovic, Laurie Anderson, Timea Andrea Lelik, Tevz Logar, Thomas McEvilley, Charlemagne Palestine, Lena Pislak, John Reuter, Silvio Wolf

Editor: Astrid Vorstermans

Published by Valiz, Amsterdam
Design: Haller Brun
ISBN: 9789078088721

Following three years of work and several years of research, MB Art Agency is proud to share with you the first comprehensive monograph about the life and work of the German artist Uwe Frank Laysiepen, better known as ULAY.

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 rigourous inner necessity. 

Ulay's work is introduced and analyzed by Maria Rus Bojan, who explores the artist's themes and development, spanning more than four decades. Her collaboration with Ulay started in 2005, when she curated his first retrospective exhibition in Centro Parraga, Murcia, Spain, followed by several other surveys and exhibitions dedicated to this artist. In a long, thematic interview with Alessandro Cassin, Ulay speaks openly about his life and career. 

This generous volume provides new insight into the attitude, ways of working, the early work and current endeavors of the artist. 

This publication was made possible through the generous support of the Mondriaan Foundation, Prins Bernhardt Cultuurfonds and MB Art Agency.

The book can be ordered online via

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