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Exhibition Detail
footnotes
The Domain
NSW 2000 Sydney
Australia


February 23rd, 2012 - May 13th, 2012
Opening: 
February 23rd, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
footnotes (detail from still), Eugenia RaskopoulosEugenia Raskopoulos,
footnotes (detail from still),
2011, 3-channel digital video, sound, installation, 4.18 min
© courtesy the artist and William Wright // Artists Projects
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Eugenia Raskopoulos’ practice is concerned with language, the body and processes of translation.

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.


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