In between: Tacita Dean

This section is devoted to contemporary artists working in film. Following the presentations of Shelly, Silver (2015), Akram Zaatari (2016), and Vincent Dieutre (2017), this year’s focus is on the work of British artist Tacita Dean – one of the most singular artists of her generation.

photo : Jim Rakete


The films, drawings and other works by Tacita Dean are extremely original. Her recent film portraits express something that neither painting nor photography can capture. They are purely film. And while Dean can appreciate the past, her art avoids any kind of academic approach. The focus of her subtle but ambitious work is the truth of the moment, the film as a medium and the sensibilities of the individual”.

Adrian Searle, critic, The Guardian.

Tacita Dean is a founding member of, the campaign to protect and safeguard photochemical film.

TACITA DEAN /Craneway Event, 2009 (Film still), 16mm colour, anamorphic film, optical sound / 108 minutes / Courtesy of the artist; Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York / Paris

Cinéma du réel will present Kodak (2006), Craneway Event (2009), The Uncles (2004), JG (2013) Event for a Stage (2015) and short films : A Bag of Air, Disappearance at Sea, Edwin Parker, The Green Ray, His Picture in Little – 35mm World Premiere, The Martyrdom of St. Agatha, Michael Hamburger, Portraits, Providence – 35mm World Premiere.

All presented in 16 mm and 35 mm.


Tacita Dean will be present fom Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March.

Saturday March 24, 3:30pm, Petite Salle
Public talk with Tacita Dean and Patricia Falguières, historian and criti.


Curated by Rachael Rakes
With the support of Marian Goodman.

Tacita Dean will also be celebrated in London in the spring of 2018 with an exceptional triple exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts.



> Ressources

Momus : entretien avec Tacita Dean

Spike : “Films as paintings”

Yale radio podcast


“Tacita Dean’s Film Goes to the Heart of Theater”
Artnet News / 29 March 2016 / by Blake Gopnik

“An Artist and an Actor Test the Magic of Film”
Hyperallergic / 23 March 2016 / by Gabriela Vainsencher

“Tacita Dean Reflects on Time”
The Wall Street Journal / 1 July 2011 / by Helen Young Chang