Ene-Liis Semper KUMU, Tallinn 14 October – 31 December, 2011
For a long time now, the Estonian contemporary artist, Ene-Liis Semper (1969), has been known, both locally and internationally, for her many video works. Her art is often associated with issues of feminism; it is diffused with the freedom that arises once all prejudices have been removed. As the artist herself has said – she wants to awaken in viewers long-forgotten memories that have been subconsciously hidden away.
Beginning with 14 October until the end of the year, on the fifth floor of the KUMU art museum, otherwise known as the Contemporary Art Gallery in Tallinn, different kinds of works by the contemporary artist will be on display. The main reference point of the exposition is space and its changing form, which is illustrated through various installations, renditions of stage design and her newest video works. The result is a stressed environment, characterized by such key words as “the whole”, “persona”, “beauty”, “execution”, etc. Through visiting the exhibition, one sees Semper's differing views of space and the experience that it holds, both for the artist and the viewing public.
Ene-Liis Semper graduated from The Estonian Academy of Art's Department of Stage Design in 1995. In 2004, together with the director, Tiit Ojasoo (1977), she founded the independent theater company, NO99, in Tallinn, and has served as its creative director these last eight years. Immediately after the opening of her solo show, Semper will head to München, where on 15 October she will present the latest production by NO99, Three Kingdoms; it premiered in Tallinn on 17 September, and will head to London in May of next year. Three Kingdoms is based on the screen-play by the British author, Simon Stephens (1971). It's a crime drama that, through stage design, takes the viewer from that, which it likes, to that which it fears.
Ene-Liis Semper and Tiit Ojasoo were the curators of the Straw Theater project this year – an outdoor park structure which, for five months this spring and summer, served as a rest area during the day and in the evenings, as a stage for concerts and performances.