Michael Berkeley's guest today is the visual artist Tacita Dean, one of the Young British Artists, who is best-known for her work in 16mm film, although she also uses a variety of media including drawing, photography, and sound. Her large-scale installation, Film, is currently on show in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.
Born in Canterbury, she studied at Falmouth School of Art and the Slade. In 1995 she was included in General Release: Young British Artists held at the Venice Biennale, and has been associated with the group thereafter known as Young British Artists, who also include the Chapman brothers, Sam Taylor-Wood, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Douglas Gordon.
She works predominantly in 16mm tape, and in 2001 she was given a solo show at Tate Britain. The previous year, she was awarded a scholarship to Berlin, where she now lives. In 2006 the most comprehensive retrospective of her work to date, Analogue, was shown at Basel, and in 2009 she had her first major solo show in Italy, Still Life. She was nominated for the 1998 Turner Prize, following her 1996 film Disappearance at Sea. Her current Tate Modern installation, Film, is an elegy for a fast-disappearing medium.