For the IFPDA Fair fall edition, we are excited to present Tacita Dean’s most recent print projects Inferno and Antigone (offset), both 2021.
Inferno is an ambitious photogravure project relating to Dean’s eponymous design for The Dante Project, a newly commissioned ballet based on the Divine Comedy with music by Thomas Adès and choreography by Wayne McGregor. The ten-metre print, made in eight parts, shows Dante and Virgil’s descent into Hell as described by Dante Alighieri in his Divine Comedy, 1321. The prints show an inverted mountainscape in negative inscribed with text, marks, splashes, and collaged elements.
Antigone (offset) on the other hand relates to Dean’s hour long 35mm double Cinemascope film work Antigone (2018) which is concerned with the intervening years and the untold story of Antigone and Oedipus restlessly wandering in the wilderness between the two plays Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus. The film is created through the same masking technique first developed by Dean for FILM (2011) at Tate London. Like eyes, the stills are paired as diptychs replicating the double projection in Antigone.