Dean~Tacita – Agnès b., Point d’ironie # 36


Rédacteur en chef: Hans Ulrich Obrist
Publisher: Agnès b., Paris
Year: 2005

Softcover, double folded, 30,5 x 43,4 cm, 8 page artist's publication.
condition: mint
A hybrid publication, half newspaper, half poster. The series originated during a discussion between agnes b., Christian Boltanski and Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Each issue gives carte blanche to an artist to appropriate the space of the paper.
Tacita Dean was born in Canterbury (UK) in 1965. She lives and works in Berlin and London. Trained as a painter, she now works in a variety of media, including drawing, photography and sound, but is best known for her 16mm films. Since the beginning of the 1990s, Tacita Dean has been travelling throughout the world on a quest for singular images and sounds that make up the material for her work. The cyclical nature of time and processes of disappearance and appearance are central themes of her work. By sharing her own experiences with the spectator in a perceptible way, she calls up a memory that is as personal as it is collective

On her project for point d'ironie, she explains: For a long time now, I have been going to the flea market and buying postcards. I have started several mini-collections of subjects that attract me, because as any junk junkie knows, once you have found that second version of something you have already started your collection. So at a certain point, I began finding deformed trees, trees that were grown into personalities through age or freakery and had become subjects for those anonymous jobbing photographers of the last century. And then, it became about the pleasure of picking up a paintbrush again after a long abstinence. — Tacita Dean