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Tacita Dean, Fatigues, 2012, chalk on blackboard, 7' 6“ x 18' 3”. From the series “Fatigues,” 2012.

Tacita Dean

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

Tacita Dean, Fatigues, 2012, chalk on blackboard, 7' 6“ x 18' 3”. From the series “Fatigues,” 2012.

Though best known as a filmmaker, Tacita Dean works in a variety of media, including chalk drawings executed on blackboards at large scale. Last year, after a ten-year pause in making such drawings, Dean decided to produce a suite of them as her contribution to the Documenta 13 exhibition in Kassel, where they were installed not in the show’s main exhibition halls but in an off-site space, a onetime bank building appropriated by the Documenta team for the occasion. These were the works Dean brought to New York for her recent show: six drawings of the mountains of the Hindu Kush, the storied range that runs through Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The project began as an idea for a film, which would make use of footage Dean had commissioned from an Afghan cameraman. Abandoning that idea, however, she instead decided to turn the imagery of the film into these drawings, which she titled “

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