First published on 24 March 2018
Tacita Dean’s meditations on a medium
Tacita Dean, Prisoner Pair (2008) (detail). © Tacita Dean. Courtesy Tacita Dean, Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris.
Film–proper, old-fashioned analogue film, screened using one of those hulking projectors that generate nearly as much heat and sound as light–is Tacita Dean’s medium and, in many ways, her subject. Her current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London, the institution claims, holds the distinction of being its first ever show ‘to be devoted to the medium of film.’ It may come as a surprise, then, upon entering the exhibition, to find the walls of the space covered in photographs.