Tacita Dean, born in Canterbury, Great Britain in 1965, lives in Berlin. She studied at the Falmouth School of Art, the Supreme School of Fine Arts in Athens and at the Slade School of Fine Arts in London. Dean works with 16mm films and also in the areas of painting, photography, (sound) installations, and drawing. The focus of her subtle but ambitious work is the truth of the moment, film as medium, and the individual’s sensitivities. She is a member of the Academy of the Arts. In 1998 she was nominated for the Turner Prize and in 2000 she received a DAAD grant in Berlin. She has received the following awards: Aachen Art Prize (2002); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2004); the Sixth Benesse Prize at the 51st Venice Biennale (2005) and the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2006). Solo exhibitions include in the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, and MUMOK, Vienna (both 2011). Dean participated in the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2005 and at documenta (13).
Jérôme Bel lives in Paris, he works worldwide. His first piece, nom donné par l'auteur (1994), is a choreography of objects. The second one, Jerome Bel (1995), is based on the total nudity of the performers. The third one, Shirtology (1997), presents an actor wearing many T-shirts. The last performance (1998), in quoting several times a solo by the choreographer Susanne Linke and also Hamlet or André Agassi, tries to define an ontology of the performance. The piece Xavier Le Roy (2000) was claimed by Jérôme Bel as his own, but was actually choreographed by the choreographer Xavier Le Roy. The show must go on (2001) brings together a cast of twenty performers, nineteen pop songs and one DJ. In 2004, he was invited to produce a piece for the Paris Opera ballet: Veronique Doisneau (2004), on the work of the dancer Véronique Doisneau, from the ballet corps of that company. Isabel Torres (2005) for the ballet of the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro is the Brazilian version of the production for the Paris Opera. Pichet Klunchun and myself (2005) was created in Bangkok with the Thai traditional dancer Pichet Klunchun. In 2009, he produces Cédric Andrieux (2009), dancer in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and then at the Lyon Opera Ballet. In 2010, he creates with Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker Abschied based on The song of the Earth by Gustav Mahler. In 2012, he produces Disabled Theater, a piece with the perfomers of Theater HORA, a Zurich-based company consisting of professional actors with learning disabilities. The films of his shows are presented in the contemporary art biennials (Lyon, Porto Alegre, Tirana) and in many museums (Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and Metz, Hayward Gallery and Tate Modern in London, MOMA in New York). Jérôme Bel received a Bessie Award for the performances of The show must go on in New York in 2005. In 2008 Jerome Bel and Pichet Klunchun received the Routes Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity (European Cultural Foundation).
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