A haunting and deeply beautiful example of performance arts comes from Marina Abramović’s exhibitions at the MoMA in New York city. What is pain? or longing? or regret? or confusion? or bewilderment? This short video doesn’t expose a lot but it highlights how the known can affect us long after it has passed us. Love or longing can’t be described only by the way the heart feels in this moment. There are multitudes of expressions that jut from its feeling. And it will appear again and again over life with every catalyst that forces your submerged memories to the surface.

Watch through the video for a little surprise at the end when she meets Ulay (or Uwe Laysiepen), the West German performance artist with home she created some of the most beautiful live artistic projects.