Cypriot artist Haris Epaminonda is well-known for her short videos and complex architectural installations. In her video works, palm trees appear in a barren landscape and mysterious objects are isolated against monochrome backgrounds. Appropriating her content from popular culture, magazines, and television, she superimposes or digitally alters found images to create surreal vignettes that combine fact and fiction. Epaminonda eschews narrative in favor of a progression of seemingly random, fragmented images that examine the pliability of time and the facility of memory. Her focus on the constant flow of imagery reflects our image-saturated media environment.
For the High Line, Epaminonda presents her video Nemesis 52. The work begins by depicting an indistinct symmetrical object against a black background. The enigmatic object rests on a table covered in ornately patterned Baroque cloth, while the scene is suddenly animated by a pink fabric. The kaleidoscopic forms morph and transmute to reveal a pair of hands with gloves that slowly pull and enfold the surrounding fabric. This hypnotic choreography produces a mesmerizing dreamscape reminiscent of a Rorschach test, where the still life is animated into a vibrant tableau.
Photos by Timothy Schenck, courtesy of Friends of the High Line.