Talk: Fathers and Feminism in the work of Tacita Dean

Henry Moore Institute Leeds, Wednesday 7th October 2011, 6pm

This Wednesday, to coincide with the Mario Merz exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute, the art historian Tamara Trodd will talk about the British film artist Tacita Dean‘s film ‘Mario Merz’ (2002). In this talk Tamara will discuss Tacita Dean’s film ‘Mario Merz’ (2002) in relation to the wider theme of old men and ‘father figures’ in Dean’s work, and will consider the questions this raises of inheritance and artistic lineages from a feminist point of view. This lecture has been programmed alongside Dean’s film portrait of the artist, being shown in the Institute’s Gallery 4 from 7 September. The film shows the aging Merz in Tuscany, sitting in silence with a large pinecone in his hand – a study of light in space and form in nature – core ideas in Merz’s sculptural work. The film will be screened from 5pm on Wednesday 7 September to 4 December 2011. This lecture is free of charge and open to all. It is not necessary to book, though seating is limited.

Tacita Dean is one of Britain’s most significant artists. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1998, and in Autumn 2011 she will fill Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall with a new work, the twelfth in the prestigious Unilever series of commissions. In 1997 her work was shown in At One Remove, the first contemporary group exhibition to be mounted at the Institute. Dean’s work is concerned with the sculptural properties of light and space, which she explores through drawing, film and sound. As well as making films, Dean works with sound, photography and drawing to navigate interpretations and narratives of history.

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