Tacita Dean was born in 1965 in Canterbury, UK. She studied at Falmouth School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art before moving to Berlin on a DAAD scholarship in 2000 where she continues to live and work.
Her solo exhibitions include Tate Britain, London (2001), Schaulager, Basel (2006), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2007), Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Milan (2009) and MUMOK, Vienna (2011) and New Museum, New York (2012).
Dean was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize in 2006 and the Kurt Schwitters Prize in 2009. In 2011, she made FILM as part of the Unilever Series of commissions in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, which marked the beginning of her campaign to protect the medium of photochemical film (www.savefilm.org). Other recent group exhibitions include dOCUMENTA (13) (2012), Venice Biennale (2013), Berlin Biennale and Biennale of Sydney (2014).
Dean’s film portraits “express something that neither painting nor photography can capture. They are purely film. […] Dean‘s art is carried by a sense of history, time and place, light quality and the essence of the film itself. The focus of her subtle but ambitious work is the truth of the moment, the film as a medium and the sensibilities of the individual.”
Tacita Dean is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris