Janine Antoni

Touch, 2002
Mobile Video Installation


ABOUT WORK

Touch is a video in which Janine Antoni set-up a temporary tightrope on the beach in front of her childhood home. Through the camera, the line of the tight rope appears parallel to the ocean’s horizon as Antoni walks back and forth. Under her weight, the wire dips to touch the horizon allowing Antoni to balance there for just a moment. Antoni says: “I wanted to walk in this impossible place, to walk on the line of my vision, or along the edge of my imagination.”

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BIO

Janine Antoni is a visual artist who received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is known for her unusual processes. Her body is both her tool for making and the source from which her meaning arises. Antoni’s early work transformed materials like chocolate and soap and used everyday activities like bathing, eating, and sleeping as sculptural processes. She carefully articulates her relationship to the world, giving rise to emotional states that are felt in and through the senses. In each piece, no matter the medium or image, a conveyed physicality speaks directly to the viewer’s body. Her work shows nationally and internationally. Antoni has exhibited at numerous major institutions including documenta14, at the Fridericianum, Kassel, the Venice Biennale, the Whitney Biennial, the Johannesburg Biennial, the Istanbul Biennial, the Kwangju Biennial, the Prospect.1 Biennial in New Orleans and the SITE Santa Fe Biennial.

Janine Antoni was born in 1964 in Freeport, Bahamas. She lives and works in New York.