Other Person

MAP - Media Art Project, Helsinki 1997

The works of art placed in urban poster display cases comment our sexual identity and how it is defined in the criminal law. The society tells us what is forbidden about sexuality, not what is allowed. The criminal law was renewed in 1998. The target of a sexual assault was no longer a woman nor a man, but ‘other person’. In the eyes of criminal law, we are all equal sexually. We are all nothing but others. Not men or women. But in the other laws - especially those concerning the family - we are explicitly defined as men and women. The society conciders us equal when we commit crimes. But when we love the equality ends.