Marry Me?

Marry Me?

In 2012–2013, I posted these flyers all around NYC and recorded the received answers on an answering machine. To be honest, I was curious to see what reactions I would record. Every day the machine was full of strangers voices, either asking for true love, a fuck or insulting me. This was before we all started commenting on social media, and it was harsh to hear what all these (mostly men) had to say. Maybe I myself was searching for love, but also, I was struck by the quick response of most American friends when I would bring up the nearing end of my Visa: "I marry you, no problem" had me wonder if this is common sense and I was the last to think about intimacy and "forever". After receiving over 500 messages, I decided to transform each answer into a love poem and posted them back onto the streets. First, I thought it is just fair to answer everybody in the same way I asked for Marriage. I did not want to meet them, expose anybody or spy. Also, I hoped some people waiting at traffic lights would recognise the pink love poem flyers, hopefully remembering the initial one. The project is archived as an artist book (Edition of five) and video documentation (20min).

A Quilt Blanket and a Series of Home (Sweet Home) Decorations, interpreting the pamphlet "How to disappear in America without a trace" complement this body of work.


Marry Me?, Video Documentation, Manhattan, 2012.
Marry Me in the streets of Manhattan.
Marry Me? , artist book, letter-size, edition of 5, 2015.
Marry Me - Quilt, digital embroidery, white canvas, padding, queen-size, 2012.
Marry Me - Quilt, digital embroidery, white canvas, padding, queen-size, 2012.
Marry Me - Poems, Series of 16 "Home Sweet Home" decorations using paragraphs from the pamphlet "How to Disappear in America Without a Trace".