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  • Tacita Dean

    Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen

    ZTRÁTA, Czech for “loss,” is written in white chalk on a blackboard. A young man erases the word with a washcloth that he then throws out the window—a concrete demonstration of the word’s meaning. This scene from Tacita Dean’s film of the same name, shot during the British artist’s 1991 sojourn in Prague and edited in 2002, concentrates the central motifs of her artistic approach: the relationship between signifier and signified; the dialectic of presence and absence; and the visualization of these relationships or the withholding of this visualization, that is, its “loss”—themes that become

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