Geography Biography [English version]

Tacita Dean
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Book published on the occasion of Tacita Dean's exhibition "Avant l'orage" at the Bourse de Commerce - Pinault Collection from 24 May 2023.

English version.

Best known for her contemplative films, often shot in a single sequence, Tacita Dean's work is a veritable praise of slowness. Moving away from films with commentary in the 1990s, she has since favoured discreet soundtracks that further intensify the minimalism of her narratives. Her work has been the subject of retrospectives at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne), Dia: Beacon (New York) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York).

The artist's atmospheric poetics are reflected in the curves of the architecture of the Bourse de Commerce. In particular, she will be presenting a new work, Geography Biography, of which this artist's book presents an archive. She invented a concave pavilion that fits into the concrete rotunda, an immaterial, almost lunar territory where light and reflections converge. Her Super 8 films are an autobiographical cartography of her travels around the world, embedded in postcards from her collection. The filmic hybridisation of these nineteenth-century postcards and his early films shot in 35mm gives new life to distant temporalities, to the almost surreal fertilisation of the imaginary, of life lived, captured and recorded on film, and of that which takes shape in the deepest contemplation of nature and art.

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184 p.
27 × 24 cm
paperback, sewn spine
Coedition Dilecta / Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection / Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
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