Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean

Contemporary British artist.
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Tacita Dean
  2. Artistic Career
  3. Recognition and Exhibitions

Biography of Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean is a contemporary British artist known for her diverse range of artistic mediums. She received her education at Kent College in Canterbury and Falmouth School of Art, and later attended the Slade School of Fine Art from 1990 to 1992.

Artistic Career

Dean is primarily recognized for her 16mm film works, although she incorporates various other media into her artistic practice. Her films often have a contemplative atmosphere, characterized by long durations and minimal camera movements. The formal qualities of Dean's films resemble paintings, as she explores the connections between the past and present, truth and fiction. She captures not only the objective world but also the subjective realm, as well as the complex interplay between the two. Throughout the 1990s, the sea was a recurring theme in Dean's works. She dedicated a series of works to the tragic voyage of Donald Crowhurst, an unsuccessful engineer, inventor, and businessman who participated in a solo round-the-world yacht race. Dean created films and drawings related to this story, utilizing the metaphorical richness of the ocean, lighthouses, and shipwrecks.

Recognition and Exhibitions

In 1998, Dean's film "Disappearance at Sea" was nominated for the Turner Prize. In 2000, she was awarded a one-year DAAD grant for research in Berlin, where she has since resided and worked. Since moving to Berlin, Dean has devoted much attention to German architecture and cultural history. She has created films about iconic structures such as the Berlin TV Tower and the Palace of the Republic. Her recent projects have focused on significant figures in post-war Germany, including W.G. Sebald and Heinrich Böll.

Dean's work has been showcased in prominent institutions and exhibitions. In 2001, she had a solo exhibition at Tate Britain, and in 2006, a retrospective of her works, titled "Analogue," took place at Schaulager Basel. She was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize in 2007. In October 2011, a major exhibition of Dean's works opened at the renowned Turbine Hall in London's Tate Modern.