the kiss

Video-collage // Germany 2014 // 22’04”

“a naked face is already nudity and each word is already obscenity” (Simone de Beauvoir ‘Les Manderins’)

A kiss is one of the strongest symbols of history, used by artists in the roman times and the middle ages as a display of aristocratic love, in the renaissance as an image of civilisation and compassion, and finally since the romanticism as the overall symbol of love. Cinema has expanded the mystic of the kiss with its narrative genres and illusionary reality to unforeseeable levels, placing the kiss as the ultimate experience towards happiness. Although, there was another subversive forms that banalized the kiss to its flesh and skin nature: pornography. Based on the infamous Sacher-Masoch’s ‘Venus in Furs,’ ’The Kiss’ is a melodramatic film collage made out of sexploitation, hard and soft-porn classical film-footage