Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean (born Canterbury, Kent, 1965) is an English visual artist who works primarily in film. She is one of the Young British Artists, and was a nominee for the Turner Prize in 1998. She lives and works in Berlin. Tacita Dean was born in Canterbury, in Kent. While she was growing up, her family lived next door to the legendary countertenor Alfred Deller and his family (including Mark Deller, who sang at her father's funeral). Her brother is architect Ptolemy Dean. Her grandfather was actor Basil Dean. Dean was educated at Kent College, Canterbury. She studied at Falmouth School of Art, graduating in 1988. From 1990–2, Dean studied for a Masters degree at the Slade School of Fine Art. Dean held her first solo exhibition, The Martyrdom of St Agatha and Other Stories, at Galerija Skuc, Maribor, Slovenia. In 1995, she was included in General Release: Young British Artists held at the XLVI Venice Biennale. She is one of the "key names", along with Jake and Dinos Chapman, Gary Hume, Sam Taylor-Wood, Fiona Banner and Douglas Gordon, of the Young British Artists (YBAs). Her work actually had little in common with the prominent YBAs, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.


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