Screening: Ulay Turns A Cancer Diagnosis Into Art
Why We Recommend it
Directed by Damjan Kozole, “Project Cancer” was released in 2013 and shows a year in the life of conceptual artist Ulay.
“It takes a long time, perhaps even a lifetime, to understand Ulay,” said Marina Abramović, Ulay’s former partner and collaborator.
A pioneer of body and performance art, Ulay’s work explores identity and the body through Polaroid photographs, aphorisms, and intimate performances.
This screening is part of a weekly programme of free art events held at Tai Kwun Contemporary. “Project Cancer” opens with scenes shot in November 2011 at the Ljubljana Institute of Oncology, where Ulay was undergoing chemotherapy.
The camera follows him for one year on his farewell journey around the world, treating his illness as the most vast and critical art project of his life.
The screening complements Tai Kwun Contemporary’s inaugural exhibit Dismantling the Scaffold, which features an earlier work, ‘Talking about Similarity’ (1976), produced by Ulay and Abramović.