Observation is an important element in the work of young artist Merel Theloesen (1990). She tends to look for the border between observation and provocation. During her research, she puts her own body in. In her experiments, people have to deal with her presence, but that presence is often twofold. Theloesen observes, in silence, but is also present in a provocative way. This can be seen in her video work Lovers, which she made in Sao Paolo in Brazil. Theloesen asked couples if she could watch while they were kissing. In this way she explores the boundaries of personal space and intimacy. At the same time, she examines the different ways in which people experience intimacy. Herewith, she often crosses the border of the socially accepted, in a humorous way.
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