Enoh Benjamin Lienemann presents “FRONT-EX”
Enoh Benjamin Lienemann
Exhibition: Installation, Paintings
Opening ceremony: Friday October 22, 2010
Time: 7 PM
Germany, Krefeld, St. Töniserstr. 124 SWK
Gallery Opening Hours: Sunday October 24. and 31. 2010
For more information: www.enoh-lienemann.de
The name of the exhibition “FRONT -EX” represents the current direction of Linemann’s artistic focus. Frontex is the name of Warsar based European Union Agency tasked with coordinating the “operational cooperation” between Member States in the field of border security. On its website, Frontex states “The activities of Frontex are intelligence driven. Frontex complements and provides particular added value to the national border management systems of the Member States.”
EU interior ministers created Special European forces of rapidly deployable border guards in April 2007 to assist in border control, particularly on Europe’s southern coastlines. Frontex’s European Patrols Network began work in the Canary Islands in May 2007 and in cooperation with North African countries including Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Mauritania. Thereby giving reality and meaning to the euphemism “particular added value”
In reality, Frontex has build up a police-army which patrols the Mediterranean Sea in order to prevent migration and the arrival of African refugees in European waters and on European lands. Hence, the EU and the mentioned African States have jointly created a dangerous zone of exclusion which lies in a grey area of international law.
Patrols carried out by Frontex are contributed to not only by European Union members, but also by other Schengen area countries. Iceland sent the cruiser AEGIR to Frontex patrols in the Mediterranean in 2010.
With this background Lienemann exhibits different installations and paintings, in which she explores the atmosphere of threats, emptiness and isolation prevailing in Europe. The experiences of human beings and how they cope with life play a major role in her works generally.
Enoh Benjamin Lienemann was born in 1959 in London to German and Nigerian parents. She has shown her works in many individual and group exhibitions, and is a member of the National Association of Fine Artists. A catalog of her works is available.