Venue: Gallery Cafe
7pm to 9pm | Free
“Hackney Kisses” is a series of graffitied photographs by Naomi Pacific.
In 2010, photographer Stephen Gill stumbled upon a collection of photographs taken by an anonymous photographer in the 1950s of couples kissing each other on their wedding day in Hackney, often by their three-story wedding cake. He published these photographs in a book called “Hackney Kisses”. Naomi Pacific found the book at Broadway Market and has been adding to each photograph, using the juxtaposition of variation and repetition to invigorate the echoed experience of foreverness, lived in the one instant of a kiss on a wedding day.
Come to the cafe on Wednesday 5th December for the opening night of this exhibition. There will be A4 paper print-outs of the original photographs and pens for attendees to have their own go at decorating a Hackney Kisses photograph throughout the night. Naomi Pacific will also do a 30-45 minute set of original songs; similarly to Hackney Kisses, her songs also explore the intimate and the absurd.
More About the Artist:
Naomi Pacific is a Swiss artist based in East London. She works in filmmaking, writing, visual art and music. Across all arts her work tends towards the absurd and the intimate. With an interest in the growth which occurs in the intimacy between two people, she seeks to explore the confines of this in love, sex, and awkwardness, among other personal spaces of life. The absurd comes into play as she experiments with the way in which yearning for meaning and feelings can oscillate with the potential meaninglessness of life. Her main influences include Sharon Olds, Albert Camus, Jorge Luis Borges, Lucrecia Martel, Anne Carson, Samuel Beckett, Maya Deren, Can, Roy Andersson, and P.J Harvey.