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Haris Epaminonda

Nemesis 52

December 2013 – January 2014

High Line Channel 22, Seating Steps, on the High Line at West 22nd Street

December 5, 2013 – January 22, 2014
4:30 – 10:00 PM daily

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. 

Artist bio

Haris Epaminonda (b. 1980, Cyprus) lives and works in Berlin. Notable solo exhibitions and screenings include Künsthaus Zürich, Switzerland (2013); Modern Art Oxford, United Kingdom (2013); Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2012); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011); Tate Modern, London (2010); and Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden (2009).  In 2007, Epaminonda co-represented Cyprus at the 52nd Venice Biennale. Recent group exhibitions include Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2013); Ciclorama, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2013); The Angel of History, Palais des Beaux Arts, Paris (2013); Artists’ Film Club: Travelling, Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2013); and dOCUMENTA, Kassel (2012).


High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Major support for High Line Art comes from Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and the Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, with additional funding provided by David Zwirner Gallery, and Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.