Events — 29 Apr 2021
Don't miss out, the online premiere of ULAY: REVOLT! on Thursday, April 29. An evening dedicated to Frank Uwe Laysiepen (Ulay) his work, life, activism and love for the city of Amsterdam.
An online program on his work, life, activism and love for the city of Amsterdam. In 1968, the German 25-year-old Frank Uwe Laysiepen, more widely known as Ulay, travels to Amsterdam. It marks a turning point in the life of the artist, who will later rise to world fame as a duo with Marina Abramović for their groundbreaking performance art. To Ulay, Amsterdam equals freedom. He immediately feels a connection with the Provo movement and identifies with their activism. He plunges into the city’s nightlife, examines his fluid identity and starts photographing himself in a form of performance photography that he labels “autopolaroids”.
In this talkshow, we delve into the life and work of Ulay with art journalist Yuki Kho. With photographer Daantje Bons we discuss her fascination for Ulay’s work, the connections and differences compared to her own practice, but also Ulay’s activism. Monika Szewczyk, director of de Appel, will talk about the special connection between this art institution and Ulay, as well as the contemporary art climate in Amsterdam for artists who, like Ulay, prefer to situate themselves on the city’s rough edges. Sophie Straat, a performer in the tradition of Dutch smartlap folk songs, will perform the ballad De Pijp about the changes in her beloved Amsterdam neighborhood. The program will be presented by Mirthe Frese.