"My photographs are impossible facts. They take the guilty and delusionary pleasures and terrors of empire and run them over a cliff" – Eleanor Antin.
A key figure of conceptual art movements of the 1970s, Antin’s ground-breaking practice spans five decades and has covered themes surrounding identity, gender, autobiography, class and social structures. Re-articulating historical narratives, both real and fictitious, she explores the tropes of feminist and conceptual art. Today, as an octogenarian artist, she remains one of the world’s leading Feminist artists.
Her series 'The Last Days of Pompeii' (2002) takes its inspiration from key allegorical moments in Greek and Roman mythology, with 'The Slave Sale' depicting the gluttony of empire.
Romans & Kings, Richard Saltoun Gallery, 22 September - 26 October 2017, London
Betti-Sue Hertz (Ed), Eleanor Antin: Historical Takes, Prestel: 2008, London; Munich; New York
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