The video "¡BEEESOOS! / KISSEES!" is part of the 2-channel video installation "ANTES Y DESPUÉS ¡BEEESOOOS! / BEFORE AND AFTER KISSEEES!": "¡BEEESOOS!/KISSEES!" (30:20), "ANTES DESPUÉS / BEFORE AFTER" (Spanish with English subtitles, 15:15), 2008/12
In 2008, the exótico (queer) wrestler Polvo de Estrellas invited me to film him before, during and after a wrestling event in a social center, which turned into a temporary arena, in the rough district Iztapalapa in the East of Mexico City.
The video installation is a remnant of these situations. It dwells on the physical, gestural and/or verbal interactions between the audience and the wrestlers: They interact directly with each other even if the arena defines boundaries between them.
The luchas minimize the distance between performers and spectators, constituting both as participants. Performers and spectators project and construct imageries simultaneously, both becoming accomplices in the luchas’ secrecy. The gesture of a kiss, which is demanded, fought over, received and given to render by the wrestlers and the audience alike, plays an important role within the interactions between the audience and the wrestlers.
It certainly matters where, when, and by whom the kiss is done. The support of the audience as an emotional state also comes into being for the execution of the kiss. Each time and place the kiss triggers a different reception and it may be experienced in a different way. The kiss has the capacity to simultaneously disturb and unite: It might have upset the one who received a kiss and/or the audience, but at the same time it united the kissers – and maybe even the audience with them.