Eleanor Antin

100 Boots
Can Baylach

100 BOOTS is the sweet version of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”.
Somehow, the images that didn’t make it into the final piece were too dramatic, too political, suggestive of other meanings. So they remained as photographic prints, not postcards, and were stored in Antin’s studio, where they were left forgotten for 50 years. Among them there were images of the boots’ adventures in New York, then they moved and exhibited at the MOMA museum in 1973 and never exhibited again.
100 BOOTS is a travel diary, a book of adventures, an album of photographs of gumboots strategically placed in various American settings. A mail-art project in which Antin sends these postcards to 600 recipients over the course of two years, rethinking the concept of a single work.

Eleanor Antin (born 1935 in the United States) is a crucial figure in the history of performance art and one of the most prolific artists of the last three decades. She has worked across many forms of media, including live art, installation, independent cinema, photography, video, drawing, painting, and writing.

Antin began as a conceptual artist in the 1960s and played a formative role in the expansion of feminist art through the use of non-traditional narrative forms such as biographies, autobiographies, and alter-egos or personas.

Her nomadic approach to different types of media has allowed her to explore issues that are central to her, including explorations of herself, gender, race, culture, and Jewish identity.

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