Tacita Dean

Fernweh, 2009

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‘Finding a path amongst the vegetation and boulders of the photographic distortions, I imagined Goethe’s voyage to Italy, particularly his parcours south of Rome on his way to Naples.’ – Tacita Dean

Fernweh is an improbable landscape made of cliffs, forest and dunes, created from four small discoloured nineteenth century photographs Tacita Dean found in flea markets. The horizon is a famous outcrop, called Sächsische Schweiz – Saxony’s Switzerland, near Dresden. The foreground is unknown sand and scrub.

The German expression ‘Fernweh’ describes a longing to travel, an aching to get away, unlike ‘Wanderlust’, which is a more spirited desire to be in the landscape. It is the etymological opposite of ‘Heimweh’, which means homesickness. ‘We do not have a single word in English for this more considered desire to be gone,’ Dean explains. ‘This work should be approached through its title.’

Print technique
Photogravure
Paper
Somerset White Satin 400g
Dimensions
Paper size 230 x 500 cm
Edition
Edition of 10
Registration no
TaD 09 001-1
Printer
Printed by Julie Dam, Valeria Borsotti
Publisher
Published by Niels Borch Jensen Editions

Signed and numbered by the artist

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