kiss, 2002
still image from continuous loop video
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In kiss the blonde and the brunette kiss one anothers’ cheeks to reciprocate the others gesture. The device of the seamless loop exaggerates the act, as it becomes a fictitious test of endurance. The mirroring of the kisses internalizes the moment and plays upon the visual mirror of the two women’s profiles. The rhythm of the kissing sounds emphasizes the contrived mechanical nature of the action. As one kiss leads to another it fails to ever climax or resolve itself, leaving the viewer to forever question the relationship of the two women. The apparently constructed intimacy deals with the duality of the superficial versus the genuine.

all images © Diana Shpungin & Nicole Engelmann 2000-2007