Adriana Marmorek – Bogota
Tanja Selzer – Berlin
Ignacio Lehmann – Buenos Aires
Curated by: Luz Adriana Hoyos G.
How many people in the world have not been moved by the photograph “the kiss of the town hall”, taken by Robert Doisneau in 1950 as part of a contract with Life magazine to show a Paris that survived the postwar with hope, with impetus, with the distinctive French taste for life, joy and love. Like an icon, this photograph toured the whole world, thanks to the vision of a publicist that rediscovered Doisneau´s photographs during the decade of the 80s. That is how this image permeated our minds and even now conquers the illusion we all have about love. The kiss as a symbol of union, prelude, anticipation of an encounter, and also as the end of a story. In both cases, encounter or goodbye, it always symbolizes a pact.
The artists present in this exhibit come from three different cities: Bogota, Berlin and Buenos Aires, which coincidentally the three start with the letter B, in Spanish the first letter of the word Beso – kiss. Also coincidental they have all been inspired by kisses, passionate, tender, furtive, wet – for there are thousands of ways to kiss and thousands of kisses given.
Adriana Marmorek’s kisses
The artist presents various installations; “The kisses saved” is a recollection that different persons made about kisses. She describes it as: “An absolutely utopian collection because a kiss is beyond description”, in the same manner people may write about the meaning of a kiss and introduce it in a test tube. That is how a kiss turns into alchemy and transforms its container. These containers remain sealed.
The installation “Coffers” explores what is preserved, which is treasured. It represents a series of kisses, kisses that can only be seen through a mirror, where the spectator has a voyeuristic position. Explores, and explores into another´s intimacy. He sees himself watching and knows he is meddling into the most intimate and secret.
Tanja Selzer’s Kisses
Through drawings and paintings, the German artist Tanja Selzer wishes to tell her own vision of what a kiss is: “A kiss tells a lot about a person, besides, there are thousands types of kisses and very different. From the coldest to the most loving, angel kisses and vampire kisses. Such an intimate moment and such a voyeuristic pleasure to create from kisses”.
Ignacio Lehmann’s kisses
Ignacio is a “Hunter of kisses”, several years ago he went out with his camera and travelled non-stop throughout the world searching for a thousand ways of kissing. He states: “kissing is great. It is obvious and may sound corny, but when one kisses, one feels better”.
This adventure started in New York, Ignacio decided to take pictures of spontaneous kisses and due to the good acceptance of his first photographs, Lehmann decided to go out and visit different cities of the world and capture one hundred kisses in each one of them, always with the premise that they took place in the street. Lehmann toured city squares in cities such as New York, Tokyo, London, Berlin, Bogota, Cali, and Buenos Aires. 100 World Kisses stopped being a personal challenge and became a wide photographic collection of over 1500 images. For Ignacio Lehmann part of his work is to show a little the love in the world since kisses are the quintessential gesture to express this feeling and in turn is an intimate moment of connection between two people and represents a symbol of hope.
On the day