Dorothy Iannone: Echtachromes

by Dorothy Iannone

Choose a single object of special significance from your working or living environment

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Fotografie: Elizabeth Skadden

Photograph: Elizabeth Skadden

Choosing, from among my possessions, an object of major significance was not that easy. I walked through my space looking for the utterly indispensable object, but I couldn’t find anything which would cause me, not just some sadness to lose, but absolute agony. Until, scanning the shelves in my storeroom, my eyes fell on two boxes which contain echtachromes of much of my work from the last fifty years, and especially from the sixties, seventies and eighties. Many of these works were shown only once long ago, and are unknown to my new audience. Most of them are no longer in my possession, nor do I even know where some of them can be found.

The echtachromes are the witnesses, the proof that this work which is now, in part, virtually lost, was indeed ever made. They establish its existence. And if it’s now possible, in retrospect, to regard my work as a Bildungsroman, as I have recently read, then the knowledge of the authentic manuscript, so to speak, is indispensable. It would break my heart if my lifelong enterprise were not able to be presented in its entirety. And that entirety depends, in large part, on the contents of these two boxes.

Dorothy Iannone

Dorothy Iannone is an American artist who has been living in Berlin since 1976. She has exhibited widely with solo exhibitions at Hanover’s Sprengel Museum (2005), the Kunsthalle Wien (2006) and the New Museum in New York (2009). Her work was included in the 4th Berlin Biennial (2006) and the Whitney Biennial (2006). Her next solo exhibition will be held at Peres Projects, Berlin, in March 2012.

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