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Two TV-sets in a dark gallery, with the screens showing the faces of both of the artists (Ene-Liis Semper and <a href="http://digikogu.ekm.ee/ekm/oid-19037">Kiwa</a>) turned upwards, appear like a bed with two people lying next to each other. The identical motif on the parallel screens - the artists planting flowers in each other's mouths - shows the two figures, despite of the seemingly cheerful appearance, blending into nature in an extremely agonizing fashion. The gap between the brutality of systematic self-denial, characteristic of performativity, and the cheerfulness of the video presentation deepens human distance from nature, from other people and in the end, from ourselves. The installation is rendered even more intense by the experience of stepping into the dark space and looking down on the artists from a position of a lover, a gardener and a torturer. The artists are talking to the voyeur inside each member of the audience, who is either feeling flattered or trapped. Hanno Soans

Ene-Liis Semper
Oasis

 
Artist: Ene-Liis Semper (1969 - )
Title: Oasis
Date: 1999
Technique:
Material:
video
Film/movie length: 00:03:09
Dimensions: tervik aeg/ kestus: 3minut
tervik aeg/ kestus: 9sekund
Description: Two TV-sets in a dark gallery, with the screens showing the faces of both of the artists (Ene-Liis Semper and Kiwa) turned upwards, appear like a bed with two people lying next to each other. The identical motif on the parallel screens - the artists planting flowers in each other's mouths - shows the two figures, despite of the seemingly cheerful appearance, blending into nature in an extremely agonizing fashion. The gap between the brutality of systematic self-denial, characteristic of performativity, and the cheerfulness of the video presentation deepens human distance from nature, from other people and in the end, from ourselves. The installation is rendered even more intense by the experience of stepping into the dark space and looking down on the artists from a position of a lover, a gardener and a torturer. The artists are talking to the voyeur inside each member of the audience, who is either feeling flattered or trapped.

Hanno Soans

Related categories: Contemporary Art
Copyright notice: Art Museum of Estonia
AME collection: Contemporary Art Collection
Collection number: FV 159
Accretion number: EKM j 49857
Muis reference http://muis.ee/museaalView/252225
File info: Source type: still
File type: TIF
Compression: PackBits
File size: 1.11MB
Resolution: 720*544px @ 72dpi
 
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