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Yani Pecanins

1957–2019

Born in Mexico to immigrant German and Catalan parents, Pecanins grew up in a family dedicated to the arts. Her mother owned an art gallery and saw to it that her daughter was immersed in the arts at a young age.

Pecanins began her professional work in the book arts in 1977, when she established the home-based publishing project Cocina Ediciones to edit, design, print, and produce artists’ books, visual books, and artists’ portfolios. In 1980, Pecanins began to create her own books, combining photographs, old letters, and found objects to consider themes of exile, isolation, and loss. With calligraphy, she explored sensations, intimacy, her inner world, and that of others.

Artist Details

  • Name

    Yani Pecanins
  • Birth

    Mexico City, 1957
  • Death

    Mexico City, 2019

Works by Yani Pecanins

Los dos lados (Both sides)

Los dos lados (Both sides) reflects Yani Pecanins’s ongoing experimentation with the format, structure, and text of artists’ books.

The dress, one that Pecanins wore as a child, serves as the canvas for photographs, calligraphy, stitching, and the words of Anne Frank, who wrote The Diary of a Young Girl. The diary made a significant impression on the artist, “not only because it was written...

Hung on a dark wood, T-shaped form, a child's ivory-colored silk dress serves as a canvas for photographs, calligraphy, stitching, and the words of Anne Frank.