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Two TV-sets in a dark gallery, with the screens showing the faces of both of the artists (<a href="http://digikogu.ekm.ee/ekm/oid-348">Ene-Liis Semper</a> 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

Kiwa
Oasis

 
Artist: Kiwa (1975 - )
Title: Oasis
Date: 1999
Technique:
Material:
video
betacam
Film/movie length: 00:04:00
Dimensions: tervik aeg/ kestus: 1sekund
tervik aeg/ kestus: 4minut
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 158
Accretion number: EKM j 49835
Muis reference http://muis.ee/museaalView/1301998
File info: Source type: still
File type: PNG
Compression: Deflate/Inflate
File size: 773.13KB
Resolution: 768*576px
 
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