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Tacita Dean

Born in 1965, in Cantorbery (United Kingdom)

Lives and works in Berlin (Germany)

Tacita Dean studied painting at the Slade School of Art (London). Since the mid-1990s, film and photography have been her preferred mediums. 

She also works in chalk on blackboards, and paints postcards and photographs using slow, complex methods. Dean’s films reveal great attention to detail, based on fixed long takes. She records the effects of passing time, particularly in the traces left by the activities of individuals, in natural elements such as stones and trees. She develops this theme in filmed portraits of anonymous individuals and older artists. Passionate about cinema, Dean sees the current split between non-digital and digital film as a metaphor for a heightened awareness of time that informs all her work.

Selected Bibliography

Cullinan, Nicholas ; Tate modern (Londres). Tacita Dean : film : [exhibition, Tate Modern, London, 11 October 2011-11 March 2012]. London : Tate publishing, 2011. (Unilever series). 

Cooke, Lynne ; Sobrino González, Miguel ; Dean, Tacita... [et al.]. Tacita Dean : el garabato del fraile, [Museo nacional centro de arte Reina Sofía, Abadía de Santo Domingo de Silos, del 22 de marzo al 27 de junio de 2010]. Madrid : Museo nacional Reina Sofia, 2010.

Fer, Briony ; Carvajal, Rina ; Dean, Tacita... [et al.]. Tacita Dean : film works : [exhibition, Miami Art Central, 20 January 2007 - 15 April 2007]. Milano : Charta : MACaMAM, 2007. 

Royoux, Jean-Christophe ; Warner, Marina ; Greer, Germaine. Tacita Dean. Londres : Phaidon, 2006. 

Bossé, Laurence ; Garimorth, Julia ; Kerting, Rita... [et al.]. Tacita Dean : [exposition, Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris, du 7 mai au 22 juin 2003]. [Göttingen] : Steidl ; Paris : Paris-Musées, 2003.

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