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  • FRENCH KISS STATEMENT
    10.02.2021—27.03.2021
    Curator: (Gallery's website only)



    Linguagem, 2020

    Silicone, lactic polyacid polymer and lacquered MDF
    180 x 40 x 220 cm





    This sculpture started from the huge challenge of reinterpreting Le Baiser de Brancusi, or an idea of “kiss”. However, this research has moved forward in the sense of seeing the part of the face that carries out the kiss as something “prior” to the mouth, in other words the skeleton, the denture
    – Diogo Bolota in interview with Carolina Trigueiros for UMBIGO MAGAZINE, 2020

    A French Kiss, better known among the Portuguese as a “linguado”, also known as a cataglottism or a tongue kiss, is a loving kiss in which the participants’ tongues reach out to touch each other’s lips or tongue. A “tongue kiss” stimulates the partner’s lips, tongue and mouth, which are sensitive to touch and induce physiological sexual arousal. The oral zone is one of the main erogenous zones of the body. The implication is of a slow, passionate kiss that is considered intimate, romantic, erotic or sexual. The sensation when the two tongues touch, also known as “tongue tapping”, has been proven to stimulate the release of endorphins and reduce acute stress levels.

    The pandemic of the new coronavirus brought with it substantial changes in the routine of millions of people, who began to adopt social isolation, work remotely and reinvent moments of leisure and hobbies, for example. Sexual and affective involvement was not left out of these adaptations.

    To the discontent of the anxious, kisses on the mouth, a French Kiss and sex should be avoided during the period of social isolation. Kisses are a form of contagion, as the virus is present in the saliva of carriers.

    The question remains. Until when?
    The answer remains. Can’t last long!



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