Kiss Kiss at Mannerheimintie, 2014, video documentation
(image: Tero Teranen)
In order to be able to reach other people, it is necessary for an artist to be connected with her/himself first. Under the personal layers are the timeless, placeless, nameless stories common to all of us. To touch is what an artist does. Kissing is generally understood as an act of affection or love between two people. In my work the object as an person is absent or otherwise unreachable. The sexual side of kissing has been replaced by seemingly monotonic repetition. There is no interaction with an another person, but personal, lonely rituals.
Kiss Kiss at Mannerheimintie (2014, video documentation) performance took place at The Night of the Arts in Helsinki. I step into the Galleria Seinäs’s display window beside the heavily trafficked Mannerheimintie. People are passing by, stopping, wacthing, not noticing. I kiss the window until the world on the other side dissappear from me, me from the world. Kiss – a classic sign for love and affection has become its opposite.
Kiss Kiss at Mannerheimintie is a part of the series Kiss Kiss. Other art works including: Kiss Kiss on Her (2015, video documentation), Kiss Kiss on Objects (2015), Kiss Kiss on Me (2015, performance / video documentation).