Melanie Manchot


Melanie Manchot
Kiss
2009
Film
10mins
Courtesy of Galerie m Bochum, Bochum, Germany

Melanie Manchot lives and works in London and Berlin. She studied at New York University and at City University, London, before attending the Royal College of Art, London, where she completed her MA in Fine Arts in 1992.

Kiss concentrates on one of the gestures most intrinsic to cinematic language: the kiss. The work is filmed as an uncut 10 minute observation of a seemingly endless kiss on the topdeck of a London double-decker bus. Disengaged from their immediate environment, a young couple begins an intimate game of desire. Over the course of the film their exchange of embraces gathers intensity, growing increasingly passionate and demanding. The camera follows waves of desire, at times verging on pain and aggression then again full of joy and lightness.

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