FORBIDDEN PEOPLE (Nuremberg, 2017)
Performance with 6 security guards controlling and hugging the museum visitors
Forbidden People is a performance that touches upon the sensitive subject of intimacy and what exactly is the border between public and private. The artist criticizes an everyday situation such as the body checks. Nowadays we are used to being checked every time we enter a club or at the airports. It is completely normal and nobody questions his/her intimacy anymore.
The performance plays with reality and is challenging people´s expectations. The security guards not only check the people but afterwards they will hug them. It is quite surprising to realize that we allow strangers to touch our bodies but when we are given a hug, this action comes as a surprise, a shock and going as far as being revolting for some. This proves that we are not being used to showing affection in public. The special security guards wear the insigne PDA (Public Display of Affection) in order to emphasize the two worlds, their differences and what can happen when they become one. The concept of Public Display of Affection includes all acts of physical intimacy in public. This may vary according to different cultures and context. It is known that often showing affection in public can be considered obscene, offending and people will object to.
We need to take moments to think what we are doing and this work triggers people to raise awareness about our daily unconscious behavior.
The main questions are why we are so complacent when the security guards are checking our bodies and belongings, a highly uncomfortable experience in public but on the other hand we find it so weird when a stranger shows a tiny sign of affection, an embrace.