Oasis or Mirage? challenges the West’s fetishisation of the desert landscape, originating from colonialism. It explores how industries utilise orientalist tropes to digitally fabricate a cliché for the consumption of western societies.
The initial idea stemmed from two deserts Porré encountered during her travels, the Mojave in California and the Negev in Israel. During her presentation at the HASH Award 2020, Porré admits to projecting fantastical ideals on the landscapes, viewing them as tranquil refuges isolated from modern civilisation, rather than complex locations with a history of terrorism, conflict and occupation for commercial industries.
Oasis or Mirage? was an artistic opportunity for Porré to investigate the impact of her colonial past on these foreign spaces. It’s a CGI digital landscape, encompassing the archetypes of the mediated Oasis, designed as a set to reveal its fragility and to flirt with the concept of reality and fiction.