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  • Tacita Dean, Kodak (detail), 2006, still from a black-and-white and color film in 16 mm, 44 minutes.

    Tacita Dean, Kodak (detail), 2006, still from a black-and-white and color film in 16 mm, 44 minutes.

    Tacita Dean

    ACCA: Australian Center for Contemporary Art
    111 Sturt Street Southbank
    June 6–August 2, 2009

    Curated by Juliana Engberg

    Tacita Dean’s gorgeous documentations of the obsolete using recently outmoded media (she shoots in 16 mm) track the passing of the twentieth century. This survey—her first substantial Australian showing since 2001—will take into account the nostalgic trajectory of her recent output, including Kodak, 2006, a film portraying one of the last analog film factories in Europe, now limited to manufacturing X-ray material, and her luminous celluloid portrait of Merce Cunningham performing to John Cage’s 4'33", a dance that premiered last summer at upstate New York’s Dia:Beacon. Among the show’s fourteen works, all made since 2002, viewers will encounter recent movies as well as a large group of framed works, including Found Obsolescence, 2006, a strip of exposed 16-mm Kodak film, and the panoramic T & I, 2006, a monumental, ghostly photogravure in twenty-five sheets.