The one kiss, un beso, un bisous project is a collecting of 1,000 kisses from around the globe. Individuals are invited to give a kiss on a mirrored compact to be displayed in a large installation.
Maria-Liebana is looking for a kiss. Her current project One Kiss, Un Beso, Un Bisou is crowd-sourcing kisses, not cash, with the goal of collecting the hot-pink imprints of 1,000 big wet ones.
What’s in a kiss?
A symbol of love, peace and sometimes death, the kiss is an ancient custom that exists in most cultures, shifting in style and meaning depending on the circumstance.
While the Greeks and Italians greet friends with lips-on-lip brushes, Thai people pull their lips in to smell the person’s cheek, and the French pucker up to blow their kisses in the air, avoiding contact altogether.
Kissing is a spiritual practice in many religions--Christians kiss each other’s cheek to symbolize peace, while Jews kiss the Torah as a sign of respect after worship. Judas’ infamous kiss is the ultimate symbol of betrayal, which was later adopted by the mafia to mark a person who betrayed the family.
Scientists have speculated that kissing began due to mothers feeding their babies and many studies confirm the stress-relieving benefits of a simple smooch. The modern romantic kiss we associate with love today is thought to have been birthed in India, where the earliest depictions of kissing exist in the forms of erotic sculpture. The 1st moving portrayal of a romantic kiss graced the silver screen in 1896 in Thomas Edison’s film The Widow Jones. The scene was considered very racy, just as kissing in public in countries such as China and Japan still is today--though that too is slowly evolving.
Obsessed with understanding her own obsession with beauty, sexuality and intimacy, Maria Liebana invites men and women to pucker up in the name of art and think about what a kiss means to them. Each participant is invited to put on lipstick or chapstick and kiss a compact mirror, leaving a mark that, like a fingerprint, is totally unique to the individual. Eventually, Maria will display all of the compacts with their archived kisses in an installation, creating a collage of lips reminiscent of the Cave of Hands.
If you want to give Maria a kiss, send your love to: 11-27 44TH Road, Long Island City, NY 11101