Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt


He describes himself self-depre­cat­ingly, as the “most famous unknown artist”: Frank Uwe Laysiepen aka Ulay (*1943). Ulay radi­cally merges his own life with art. With his artistic concept of trans­for­ma­tion, he constantly creates new iden­ti­ties. His preferred medium is photog­raphy. Initially, in form of Polaroid, photog­raphy became an inte­gral part of his artistic prac­tice with its earliest results from 1970. The instant camera picture, which has now been replaced by the digital image, repre­sents for Ulay the mate­rial in his long search for the repre­sen­ta­tion of life. His body still today serves as the object of his research, where various influ­ences leave traces and can be read, just like on a canvas. Read more.

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