Tacita Dean unveils new Tate exhibition

Culture vultures staying in luxury London hotels may be interested in catching The Unilever Series: Tacita Dean at the Tate Modern.

Tacita Dean has been chosen to produce the 12th commission in The Unilever Series, with last year’s event featuring the work of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Best known for her use of 16mm film, Tacita Dean’s work also encompasses books, drawings, found objects, photography and sound installations.

“[The artist’s] past films have captured the solar eclipse from a farm in Cornwall, the transition from day to dusk at a lighthouse near Berwick-upon-Tweed and Merce Cunningham’s dance company rehearsing in a former Ford assembly plant in California,” commented Visit London.

Open to the public until March 11th, Dean’s free exhibit, entitled FILM, is an 11-minute silent 35mm looped film projected onto a monolith standing 13-metres tall at the end of a darkened Turbine Hall.

Sheena Wagstaff, chief curator at Tate Modern, added: “Her interest in light, space and history, as well as her keen sense of the cinematic and the sublime, make her the perfect choice for The Unilever Series.”

FILM is dedicated to the analogue, photochemical, non-digital medium of film and was made using traditional movie-making methods.

“Playing with the distinctive architectural character of the east wall, FILM has the rhythm and metre of a visual poem,” explained the venue.

“Images, some familiar from Dean’s previous works, such as lightning, trees and seascapes, juxtapose with panels of colour and interact with the grid structure of the wall.”

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