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Ene-Liis Semper: Oasis
exhibition 15.02.—25.03.2001

Oasis is the first exhibition in the Netherlands of the Estonian-born artist Ene-Liis Semper. The exhibition includes the video works FF/Rew (1998), Come! (1998), Oasis (1999), Sleeping Man (2000), and Stairs (2000).

In her video work and performances, Ene-Liis Semper focuses on her own psycho-physical experience. Semper’s work refutes recent strategies employed in video and film work, which attempt to show reality directly as a series of unmediated images. Semper possesses a definite aesthetic position that serves as an oasis ­ to borrow a metaphor from the title of one of her works ­ an unexpected visual spectacle in the context of the contemporary desert of images.

On 20 March 2001, a conversation about the work of Ene-Liis Semper takes place between Maria Hlavajova (artistic director
of BeganeGrond, center for contemporary art), Johannes Saar (art critic and curator at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tallinn, Estonia), and ­ through telephone connection ­Harald Szeemann (curator) and Heie Treier (art critic).
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