Tacita Dean – Fatigues (2012)


Tacita Dean’s newest series of blackboard drawings, ‘Fatigues’ (2012), presents a discourse on the fragility of the human gesture. This vulnerability stands in the face of many things: it manifests in her delicate lines that describe the majesty of nature, in the almost insufficient marks that describe the epic troughs and crests of historical narrative. In this series of six multi-panel black boards, the Berlin-based British artist traverses the length of the Kabul River from its origins in the Hindu Kush down to Afghanistan’s capital. (Dean began on a filmic treatment of the subject matter, but her attempt to direct a local Afghan cameraman from afar did not work out.)



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