After studying 302 applications from 58 countries, Tacita Dean has selected the fifteen artists with whom she will work next summer in the Botín Foundation’s Villa Iris art space in Santander.
The year 2013 has seen a large upsurge in terms of international scope and participation, given that 78% of applications came from outside Spain, a fact reflected in the list of selected participants, all of whom are foreigners. The following artists will share experiences and expertise with Tacita Dean from the 1st to the 12th of July:
- Paola Vela (Lima, Peru, 1973)
- Emilio Rojas (Mexico city)
- Joana Pimenta (Oeiras, Portugal, 1986)
- Johan Osterholm (Caroli, Bodas, Sweden,1983)
- Yu Araki (Fukuoka, Japón, 1985)
- Martha Mysko (Maryland, United States, 1982)
- Rebecca Albee ( Maine, United States 1973)
- Nicholas Wynnychuk (Vernon, New Zeland, 1977)
- Teresa Cos (Latisana, Italy, 1982)
- Louise Manifold (Galway, Ireland, 1978)
- Richard Hoglund (Carolina del Sur, United States, 1982)
- Nicola Turrini (Zevio, Italy, 1978)
- Alexandra Bodea (Cluj-Napoca, Rumania)
- Bruno Freitas de Oliveira (Alcantara, Portugal, 1973)
- Esperanza Collado (Valencia, España, 1976
Tacita Dean considers the plight of the artist as a vagabond one of the main challenges facing the contemporary artist: “to wander around a place where one is a total stranger and try and derive some thread of inspiration to set one on one’s path”. The artist stresses that “We will all be arriving in Santander as strangers for two weeks and will use our resourcefulness and our adaptability to find a modus operandi or a means to make something from where we are. Please arrive unencumbered by previous work”.
Tacita Dean was born in 1965. She currently lives and works in Berlin. Solo shows of her work have been exhibited at the Tate Britain in London (2001), the Schaulager in Basle (2006), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2007), the Nicola Trussardi Foundation in Milan (2009) and the MUMOK in Vienna (2011). Dean was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1998, and awarded the Hugo Boss Prize in 2006 and the Kurt Schwitters Prize in 2009. Her most recent exhibitions were held at the New Museum in New York and at Documenta (13) (2012). Her latest audio-visual project, JG (2013), is currently on show at the Arcadia University Art Gallery in Philadelphia.
Tacita Dean’s films, drawings and other works possess a powerful originality. Her latest cinematographic portrayals convey a sensation that neither painting nor photography can capture. They are film at its purest. And although Dean values the past, her art avoids adopting any kind of academic approach. It is an art driven by a sense of history, time and place, by the quality of light and the nature of the film itself. Her subtle, yet ambitious, oeuvre centres on the truth of the moment, on the film as a medium and on the sensitivity of the individual.
In the autumn of 2013 the Botín Foundation’s exhibition venue in Santander will host a show curated by Vicente Todoli and entitled De Mar en Mar [From Sea to Sea], which will reveal the vital role played by the sea in Tacita Dean’s oeuvre – especially in her early years and subsequently as a recurring theme.
The sea has exerted a strong magnetic attraction over the artist and has fuelled the works of art that will be on display in this exhibition. These works span from 1994 to 2008 and make use of a wide range of media to intertwine stories featuring the sea –either as a backdrop, a connective element, or as the protagonist– as their common denominator.
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