The journey of Marina and Ulay along the Great Wall of China was more than a walk because the intention of the artists, the experience they both had and the revelation of the artist of him and herself through how both handled the walk.

The concepts that became poignant in the paper dealt highly with the male and female roles in and outside China, the relationship between Marina and Ulay and how it affected the walk and finally how each artist approached this aesthetic journey. The male and female dichotomy is stressed by Ulay and Marina intentionally starting on the opposite points of the wall. One side was said to be female, this was where Ulay started. The other side of the wall, male, was journeyed by Marina.gender, the break up between Ulay and Marina. The China separated the genders but the two artists actively brought the two genders together by the male being with the female and vice versa all throughout the walk symbolically then pyscially when Marina and Ulay met at the middle.

The relationship between Ulay and Marina was also important in the planning stages and the final act of putting the project into realization. Before the break up, traveling along the great wall and meeting at the middle meant to have a theatrical theme of  romance where two lovers once separated but become reunited. After Ulay and Marina’s separation the mindset and goal of the project changed. The theme of two lovers was more romanticized than romantic. For Marina the journey became more of a meditation, to travel within the self and gain confidence to come out of this project alone and prepare herself to work in the art field alone, what she had not done for a long time being with Ulay. Marina had already set her mind on the path of individuality.

Throughout the trip, this surrender to the separation shows through how she did not fight agains detours and was chaotic in planning (she carried no map). On the other hand, the trip revealed Ulay to be more connected to Marina. He would always refer to to the project in the plural, “We” or “Our,” he still thought of Marina and himself as a close team. throughout the trip his stubborn mindset revealed itself on how he was immovable on the path he planned ahead on maps, often reacting aggressively towards the Chinese authorities when told to take a detour. There was especially the time when Ulay broke the flag that meant surrender; a symbol of Ulay not wanting to let go of control or lose Marina to the separation. On the other hand, he trip revealed marina’s readiness to drift away.

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