• Artist Marina Abramovic makes eye contact with her former lover Ulay for the first time in 22 years at her (YouTube)
...here's what happened when, out of the blue, he sat down and made eye contact with her.
By
Genevieve Dwyer

22 Sep 2016 - 2:37 PM  UPDATED 29 Aug 2017 - 5:01 PM

Serbian artist Marina Abramovic does not do things by halves - including making apparently racist remarks about Aboriginal people.

When she's not causing controversy, she is probably the world's best-known performance artist, notorious for physically grueling pieces of work in which she uses her own body as both object and medium of expression. 

In this particular exhibition, a retrospective of her work titled 'The Artist is Present,' at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) she remained seated at the gallery every day for two weeks, making eye contact for one full minute with any and every stranger who sat down in front of her. 

What she did not expect though, was that her former lover Ulay would show up and sit down in front of her. 

Abramovic is known for her stoic immovability throughout her physically challenging performances.

Yet on this occasion, that was not to be the case. Watch what happens at the moment they make eye contact:

It just goes to show how powerful eye contact can be.

In spite of the intense nature of the relationship between these two artists and lovers - and the moving manner in which they'd parted ways 22 years earlier, no words were spoken when they confronted each other again.

There did not need to be.

This is because, through eye contact alone, it is clear there was an immediate, innate and passionately heartfelt bond between them.

It is this compelling and emotional bond that SBS hopes to probe further in a unique new upcoming documentary series that explores the power of eye contact.

…And we want YOU to participate.

Is there a painful rift between you and a family member?

Have you grown distant from a friend you used to care about?

Has a close relationship ended and you don’t know how to move on?

SBS are looking for people who genuinely want to reconcile after years apart to participate in a compelling new TV documentary series.

Click HERE to apply now. 

Look Me in the Eye is produced by Endemol Shine for SBS. 

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SBS Casting callout: Look Me In The Eye
SBS is looking for participants for a unique upcoming documentary series.