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Salmanis, Kriss

Kriss Salmanis (Latvia)
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Title: The Shower
Animation loop, 2007
A black silhouette hops into a shower and starts washing itself. The water is not running, but the character’s flesh is. After about a minute of intensive scrubbing there is nothing left of it.
The next silhouette feels the imaginary water and jumps in.
A stop-motion animation dealing with the difficulties / impossibility of retaining ones identity in times of increasing global movement of people and the mixing of the most different ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds. Executed in acrylics on the walls and floor of the shower in Bergen, Norway as part of the „At Home in Europe“ project organised by ISIS (UK), RIXC (Latvia), InterSpace (Bulgaria) and BEK (Norway).