The Archive Love Story - 2015
20 min video performance - MEDITERRANEA17 / Milano
Part of A Natural Oasis exhibition curated by Alessandro Castiglioni and Simone Frangi for Young Artists Biennial.

A Natural Oasis a transnational project promoted by the Republic of San Marino in collaboration with Cyprus, Gibraltar - UK, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta curated by Alessandro Castiglioni and Simone Frangi for XVII MEDITERRANEA17 Young Artists Biennial in collaboration with Viafarini, Milan and Little Constellation, San Marino

„...I am in love with you not just because you are external to me but also I fantasy of how you can fill what is missing from my interior lives. I know love stories are frustration stories... Falling in love reminds us of a frustration that we didn’t know we had we wanted someone, we felt deprived of something, and then it seems to be there. And what is renewed in that experience is an inten- sity of frustration, and an intensity of satisfaction. It is as if, oddly, I was waiting for someone but I didn’t know who you were until you arrived. Whether or not I am aware that there was something missing in my life, I was when I meet you - the one I want. What psychoanalysis will add to this love story is that the one I fall in love with really is the one of my dreams; that I have dreamed you up before I met you; not out of nothing — nothing comes of nothing — but out of prior experience, both real and wished for. I recognize you with such certainty because I already, in a certain sense, know you; and because you have quite literally been expecting them, you feel as though you have known you for ever, and yet, at the same time, you are quite foreign to me. You are familiar foreign bodies. This duality of the familiar and the foreign is mirrored in the osmotic relationship between presence and absence, with which every infatuated lover is intimately acquainted — that parallel intensity of longing for my lover’s presence and anguishing in you absence. However much I have been wanting and hoping and dreaming of meeting the one of my dreams, it is only when I meet you that I will start missing you. It seems that the presence of an object is required to make its absence felt (or to make the absence of something felt)....“ (text taken from the video performance)