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Tacita Dean: Presences/Absences

Tacita Dean: Presences/Absences

Palast, by Tacita Dean

Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents

Tacita Dean: Presences/Absences

Over the past 20 years, Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean has created a large and compelling body of film work alongside her numerous other practices.  Often characterized by a patient, observational acuity and an eye for compositions of unexpected significance and suggestion, her 16mm films also reflect an intimate engagement with and understanding of the film medium.  Dean’s commitment to this medium further extends to her conviction that the work be seen in its original and intended form, via 16mm projection, and only rarely in a cinematic space. 

Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA is therefore very honored to present a thematic selection of Dean's short films spanning the past two decades, including the Los Angeles premiere of her newest 16mm film, Portraits (2016), a sustained, unadorned series of quietly expectant moments shared with artist David Hockney. Dean will be present to introduce and discuss her films.

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Tacita Dean was born in 1965 in Canterbury, UK. She studied at Falmouth School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art before moving to live and work in Berlin in 2000.

Her solo exhibitions include Tate Britain, London (2001), Schaulager, Basel (2006), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2007), Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Milan (2009) and MUMOK, Vienna (2011), New Museum, New York (2012), Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro (2013) and Fondación Botín, Santander (2013). Dean was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1998, and was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize in 2006 and the Kurt Schwitters Prize in 2009. In 2011, she made FILM as part of the Unilever Series of commissions in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, which marked the beginning of her campaign to protect the medium of photochemical film ( Other recent group exhibitions include dOCUMENTA (13) (2012), Venice Biennale (2013), Berlin Biennale and Biennale of Sydney (2014). In 2014/15 she was artist in residence at The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

Programmed by Mark Toscano

There will be a different screening with Tacita Dean at REDCAT on April 25, before the Filmforum show.  For details, see

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1991/2002, 16mm, black and white, silent, 3.5 minutes

Bubble House

1999, 16mm color, sound, 7 minutes

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Teignmouth Electron

Teignmouth Electron

2000, 16mm color, sound, 7 minutes

Section Cinema (Homage to Marcel Broodthaers)

2002, 16mm, color, sound, 13 minutes

Palast 2004. Film still 215cmsmaller


2004, 16mm, color, sound, 10 minutes

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Human Treasure

Human Treasure

2006, 16mm, color, sound, 15 minutes

Still Life

2009, 16mm, black and white, silent, 5.5 minutes


2016, 16mm, color, sound, 16 minutes

Los Angeles Premiere!