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1000 WORDS: MARIA EICHHORN

15 Stavropoulou, Athens. Building and plot for Maria Eichhorn’s Building as unowned property, 2017. Photo: Stathis Mamalakis.

MEETINGS, CONTRACTS, REGULATIONS, the intricacies of official protocols, and the arcane workings of government agencies: Maria Eichhorn deploys the components of the administrative everyday in radical and counterintuive ways, using whatever resources are available to her—an exhibition budget, say, or access to a building or site—to create works that perversely elude easy definition and anarchically tilt at the impossible. Her projects are often the result of lengthy negotiations that reveal and trouble systems of value and redirect flows of power and capital. The effects of these interventions are both real and symbolic. Her images of agency and her singular gestures resound as durational events that slow down time, as performative acts that open up new spaces for meaning, as aesthetic propositions marked by a formal intelligence of the highest order. They also redistribute

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