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Joan Jonas: Mystic Knots

​Joan Jonas Double Lunar Dogs 1984, video still. Courtesy the artist and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

See five decades of the artist's inventive films and videos in this weekend retrospective

This four-screening series explores some of the key themes and techniques in Joan Jonas's body of films and videos. Since the late 1960s, Jonas's work in both media has proposed a highly original combination of theatricality, questions of female identity and astute investigations of the media with which she works. Incorporating performance, drawing, painting and multiple frames and layers, her works explore a range of spatial, perceptual and technological phenomena in a way that is both playful and illuminating.

Joan Jonas: Mystic Knots spans five decades of the artist's practice, beginning with her first films. The programme includes Jonas's two film collaborations with artist Richard Serra, and draws in the works of filmmakers who have been influential to her practice, such as Maya Deren, Kenneth Anger and Jack Smith.

The series concludes with a discussion and Q&A with the artist.

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit


2–3 June 2018



£10 per screening, combined series ticket package available for £28, concessions available

Mystic Knots films

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Joan Jonas: Plein Air

2 Jun 2018

Explore a range of Jonas’s works engaging with outdoor landscapes

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Joan Jonas: Veils

2 Jun 2018

See the influence of theatre and film in Jonas’s innovative videos

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Joan Jonas: Drawing

3 Jun 2018

Discover four inventive uses of drawing in the artist’s videos

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Joan Jonas: Puzzles

3 Jun 2018

Engage with Jonas’s playful games with space, time and logic

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