Ene-Liis Semper, <em>Oasis</em>, 1999.
Ene-Liis Semper, Oasis, 1999.

New Video, New Europe

New Video, New Europe features work by 39 artists from sixteen Eastern European countries stretching from the Baltic through the Balkans. The video works reflect a variety of genres and approaches—documentary, diaristic, ethnographic, experimental—and is broken up into a series of discreet programs ranging in length from 45 to 105 minutes. Some programs cannot fail to reflect a specific region, such as the 45-minute grouping of works addressing the residual resonance of war and ethnic tensions in the former Yugoslavia. Other programs unwittingly expose quirky national character traits such as an obsession with death apparently peculiar to Estonia. And still others reveal tendencies endemic to the entire region such as a self-deprecating humor symptomatic of anxieties about joining the European Union.

New Video, New Europe features work by artists Azorro (Oskar Dawicki, Igor Krenz, Wojciech Niedzielko, and Łukasz Skąpski), Dan Acostioaei, Jesper Alvaer, Azorro, Maja Bajevic, Dario Bardic, Alma Becirovic, Pavel Brăila, Mircea Cantor, Oana Felipov, Alen Floričić, Tiia Johannson, Ki’Wa, Kai Kaljo, Mari Laanemets, Kristina Leko, Peteris Lidaka, Ene-Liis Semper, Dan Mihaltianu, Hajnal Németh, Anna Niesterowicz, Vladimir Nikolic, Artūras Raila, Adrian Paci, Jelena Radic, Eglė Rakauskaitė, Lala Raščić, Mladen Stilinović, Killu Sukmit, Patricia Teodorescu, Krassimir Terziev, Muhidin Tvico, Magda Tóthová, Gyula Várnai, Pavle Vučković, Piotr Wyżykowski, Sislej Xhafa, and Dragana Žarevac.

New Video, New Europe is organized by Hamza Walker, Education Director at the Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago.