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Amadeus (Swell Consopio), 2008
Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea
16 mm film anamorphic, colour, silent
©Tacita Dean - Courtesy Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Torino - Proprietà della Fondazione per l'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT
After studying painting, Tacita Dean turned to a variety of artistic expressions, such as drawing, photography, and video, focusing her attention on analogic films shot in 16mm. In her work she analyzes unusual situations and extraordinary phenomena, personal goals, and utopias, mixing reality and fiction.
The artist proposes a meditation on the cinematographic medium, concentrating specifically on the language and narrative structure of film, as well as on its mechanical production. Her works reveal the contemplative attitude of the artist with regard to the surrounding world; every individual figure, landscape, or object that is filmed exposes certain details about itself in a solid, eternal time, as if it were part of a still life in a painting [...]