Cactus Agapé, 2016
Full HD, no sound, 1'21''
Cactus Agapé is the second iteration of Missika’s «vegetation Agapé» series. In this short video one can see a deserted landscape with an emblematic Saguaro cactus, native from southern Arizona (USA) and northern Sonora (Mexico) only.
This particular cactus became the standard representation of a cactus, in advertising, movies, cartoons and therefore in the collective unconscious. The artist performs himself a comic, rather absurd flash action. He appears wearing what looks like a protection suit made of pillows, walking clumsily towards the cactus and hugging it firmly before leaving it alone again.
This work recalls trans-species communication in a comic way. On a metaphorical level, it can be read more dramatically as about otherness and loneliness.