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Tacita Dean: Antigone

Tacita Dean: Antigone

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Tacita Dean: Antigone

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Exhibition Catalog

Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart, 2021. Organized and published by Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager, Basel.

124 pp. and 1 loose newspaper facsimile enclosed. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 31 x 22 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9783906315140

Tacita Dean’s (born 1965) Antigone (2018) is an hour-long 35mm anamorphic film, and is the most complex work to date by the British-European artist. The name of this work combines the artist's personal history with the mythological world order: Antigone is the heroine in the eponymous drama by the Greek poet Sophocles, and is also the name of Tacita Dean's older sister. The name creates a double bond full of ambivalences and is the reason for Dean's exploration of the character. The leitmotif of the work is blindness: Antigone revolves around fundamental questions of foresight and destiny, seeing and not seeing, and metaphorical blindness as a necessity for artistic work. It is also a thoroughly analogue work: Dean assembled the film images, which appear like collages, with and inside the camera using sophisticated stencils and multiple exposures. The result of this experimental project is both a pioneering achievement and a masterpiece. The book documents the narrative of the making and impact of this work.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- Great Britain -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Video/Film -- Women Artists --

Artist(s): Dean, Tacita

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