Hünengrab

  • 2008
  • Tacita Dean
  • Blackboard paint on fibre-based print mounted on paper
  • 238 x 456 cm
Sensitive to their rural isolation, she views them as remnants of other times, almost invisible in the contemporary era from which they are so removed. Emphasising the contrast between the background – which she covered with the same opaque paint as that used for school blackboards, one of her preferred materials – and the glossy finish of the gelatine print, she directs the viewer towards an experience in which the frontal view of Hünengrab (2008) imposes itself as a monument definitively rooted in a timeless landscape.

© Tacita Dean. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

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Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean studied painting at the Slade School of Art (London). Since the mid-1990s, film and photography have been her preferred mediums.

She also works in chalk on blackboards, and paints postcards and photographs using slow, complex methods. Dean’s films reveal great attention to detail, based on fixed long takes. She records the effects of passing time, particularly in the traces left by the activities of individuals, in natural elements such as stones and trees. She develops this theme in filmed portraits of anonymous individuals and older artists. Passionate about cinema, Dean sees the current split between non-digital and digital film as a metaphor for a heightened awareness of time that informs all her work.

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