Venus Jasper is a queer visual artist, storyteller, world builder, performative priestess, researcher, educator, writer, and curator, currently based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Lovejoy's Practice

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Photos of Lovejoy's Practice, an installation and live performance over three days in central Oslo.

Lovejoy's Practice was my first solo-show, taking place at artist run gallery Tidens Krav in downtown Oslo (NO). It featured a performance based installation in which I gave reiki healing sessions to participants who signed up, and a selection of video performances in the hallway of the venue, recorded at one of the oldest cruising area of the world, north of Oslo.

From the 2012 press release: "As Venus moves across the face of the Sun, one of the rarest planetary alignments for us to witness, several other celestial events take place world-wide, also in Tidens Krav, where Venus Jasper will set up a special healing-massage-spa-shrine, specialized in creating tender moments for those selected, asked or willing. The artist will be present in the showroom-spa-cube all weekend, and will be assisted by friend and artist Yelena Myshko."

Video performances on nearby cruising lake, on TV in salon waiting room.

The spa was specialized in creating individually tailored 45-minute long sessions. Traditional Tera Mai Reiki was applied and mixed with the application of contemporary objects such as hairbrushes, nail polish and soaps to the body.

  • Lovejoy's Practice was part of Tele-Application, an international open call that asked artists to apply for a show by leaving a voicemail message on the phone of the Tidens Krav gallery. Other artists taking place in the Open Call where: Birta Gudjonsdottir (IS), Chris Succo (UK), James Hoff & Børre Sæthre (US/NO), Mom & Jerry (DK/DK), Rachid Laachir (BE), Vemund Thoe (NO).
  • At the time, I was studying at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, investigating Queer Shamanism via the work of AA Bronson, and Alejandro Jodorowsky.

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Concept: Venus Jasper
Performance/Healing: Venus Jasper, Yelena Myshko
Photography: Tidens Krav

‍Mercedes Mühleisen
Anders Holen
Linda Lerseth
Øyvind Aspen
Yelena Myshko