Eugenia Raskopoulos footnotes 2011 (detail from still), 3-channel digital video, sound, installation, 4.18 min, courtesy the artist and William Wright // Artists Projects
AGNSW Contemporary Project
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.
AGNSW Contemporary Projects are supported by Andrew Cameron.