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Ene-Liis Semper

Galerie Martin Janda

Ene-Liis Semper likes to cast herself in the leading role. Whether the Estonian artist is testing out different methods for suicide (as in FF/REW, 1998) or living out hygienic obsessions in a white-tiled space (Licked Room, 2000), her concrete physical presence as an engaged body is the basis for videos that take their measure from reality. All the more confusing, then, the laconic text in her most recent video, Untitled, 2004: “You’ll not see me in this video,” it reads, “because I am inside the rabbit.” What follows is a three-minute-twenty-second excursus on the interdependence of relationships. Semper’s husband and daughter sit at a table playing baby games. The idyllic, generic scene grows gloomy when one learns from a wall text that the Daddy in the striped sweater betrayed Mommy. In light of the tawdriness of the situation, Mommy hides in an XXL rabbit costume. On the stage of a

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