Born in Canterbury, Tacita Dean first studied at Falmouth School of Art from 1985 to 1988. She spent one year studying art in Athens after winning a Greek Government scholarship to the Supreme School of Fine Art. During 1990 to 1992 she studied the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
Although trained as a painter, Dean has developed a prestigious artistic reputation through a body of film, video, sound and photographic work. However the formal and compositional aspects of this work owe much to her fine art training. Many of her works revolve around issues of individual and collective memory, absence and loss. One of her earlier memorable works is Disappearance at Sea (1996), a 16mm film inspired by the true story of the mysterious disappearance of the competitive sailor, Donald Crowhurst in 1968. In 2005 Dean curated the group exhibition, An Aside, at the Camden Art Centre; and in 2008, showed her film, Amadeus (Swell Consopio) at the inaugural exhibition of the Folkestone Triennial. More recently she has been actively involved with saving photo-chemical film, as heard in Save This Language, a broadcast she presented for BBC Radio 4 in April 2014.
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