Janine Antoni

Ready or Not, Here I Come, 1994

Single channel video, Janine Antoni in performance with Robert Antoni and Lynette Antoni

Duration: 9:30 minutes

Ready or Not, Here I Come records a game of hide and seek played out between Antoni and her father within the clean, ordered domestic environment of her parents’ home. Antoni’s father videotapes the game as he hunts around the house for the artist. She is found hiding under the table, in the tub, and finally under her mother’s dress in the bathroom. 

As Marina Warner wrote in reference to the video— “Through the simple formula of a well-known game, the video revisits from a grown daughter’s point of view the power of the father, the body of the mother, and the different intimacies that are permitted and forbidden to each.”