National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens

Niki Kanagini

1975

The work is displayed as part of the permanent exhibition

Installation

Mixed media
Variable dimensions
Purchased in 2002 on subsidy by the Ministry of Economy and Finance
Inv. No. 168/02

Despite not being ideologically engaged, Niki Kanagini has been raising contemporary social issues focusing on ecology, tradition, the female condition and the political dimension of everyday life, ever since the early 1970s. Combining tradition with modern artistic media, her work mostly consists of installations and actions that often call for the viewer’s interaction with the work. At Home(1975), an installation comprised of translucent silkscreens of a seaside land- scape hung from a metal drying rack with wooden clothes pegs, is part of a series of works that combine a variety of traditionally female chores (hanging the laundry) with artistic practice. Through this process of dealing with the mundane everyday routine in an affirmative way, Kanagini reconciles herself with her feminine nature and turns her own life into a work of art.
Anna Mykoniati, text from the catalogue of the permanent exhibition ENTER EMSΤ. Collection & History, A short guide, 2020

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