EUGENIA RASKOPOULOS will be exhibiting a new video installation titled footnotes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Footnotes addresses ideas of sexuality, gender and communication through the performing body. The exhibition opens 6pm Wednesday, February 22 and continues until 13 May, 2012.
"The artist has in the past used steam, salt, oil and chalk as a means to smear, score and drip words into temporary formations that emphasise the fluidity of language. In her new video installation footnotes, she turns to materials that relate more directly to ideas of sexuality and gender – from lipstick to liquids of more ambiguous origins.
Using her own limbs as instruments or surfaces for inscription, Raskopoulos performs a series of actions that accumulate letters into words, written in English and Greek. Through these gestures, she draws attention to translation as an awkward exchange that is shaped by the potential for loss or contamination of meaning.
The performing body is an insistent presence in footnotes, emphasising written and spoken communication as inherently bodily functions. However, in evoking the slippage between different languages and juxtaposing this with references to sexuality and the erotic, Raskopoulos also alludes to aspects of experience that are beyond words." AGNSW
Join Professor Anne Marsh and Eugenia in a discussion of the exhibition and the artist’s practice at 6.30pm Wednesday 22 February, 2012.
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