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Eugenia Raskopoulos

Czechoslovakia, Australia

14 Jan 1959 -


Drawing on her experience of growing up in the Greek diaspora, Eugenia Raskopoulos' work 're-ma(r)king' reflects on how cultural knowledge is transferred across contexts and between generations through objects, rituals and stories. 're-ma(r)king' is focused on two items that belonged to the artist's grandmother, which she animates through performance. On one screen, we see Raskopoulos unraveling a woven doily then winding this into a ball of thread, restoring the crafted object to its material origins. In the other, we see her dripping olive oil from her mouth, then spreading this across the floor with a rolling pin as though preparing pastry. These actions invoke the power of mnemonic triggers, such as taste and touch. A portrait of the artist can be glimpsed in the reflective surface of the oil, partial and provisional, like memory itself.




Media category

Time-based art

Materials used

dual channel digital video, colour, sound


duration: 00:05:15 min, aspect ratio 16:9, display dimensions variable

Signature & date

Signed and dated inside cover of edition box, silver fibre-tipped pen "Eugenia Raskopoulos 2010".


Gift of the artist 2019. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Eugenia Raskopoulos

Works in the collection


Referenced in 5 publications


Victoria Lynn, Eugenia Raskopoulos: vestiges of the tongue, 'Vestīgium: body and trace', pg. 98-103, Sydney, 2019, 101, 110, 150-151 (colour illus., videol stills), 222.

Anne Marsh, What is performance art: Australian perspectives, 'Performance art - live and on screen', pg. 53-70, Australia, 2018, 62 (colour illus., video still). 62

Anne Marsh, Performance ritual document, 'Performance, ritual, shamanism', pg. 127-164, Melbourne, 2014, 150 (colour illus., video still).

Anne Marsh, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 'Photo/video language and the feminine in selected works by Eugenia Raskopolous', pg. 182-193, 2015, 192 (colour illus., video still). 4

José Da Silva., Octopus 10: How we know that the dead return, 'How do we know that the dead return', Fitzroy, 2010, n.pag. (colour illus., video still).