In 2014, after thirteen years as a photojournalist for the Sydney Morning Herald, Tamara Dean shifted her camera from the subjects assigned to her towards those of her own choosing, deciding to focus on the artistic practice she had been building for over ten years. Today, Tamara has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally and was recently announced as a 2016 finalist in the prestigious National Portrait Gallery, London’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.
In this talk Tamara Dean is joined by curator and arts writer Owen Craven to discuss the connection between people and place prevalent in her work and how Tamara approaches and considers subject and environment to construct images that are both intimate and ethereal. Using examples from Tamara’s previous works with specific reference to her 2015 series About Face, which challenges gender stereotypes through the arresting androgyny of the subjects and cinematic qualities of the environment, Tamara and Owen share some of the challenges and rewards the freedom of subject selection present.
Presented in partnership with University of New South Wales, Art & Design.
Here-and-Now 2015 - 6 x 3.6m installation - infinity room, dye-sublimation print, lightbox, pool, stepping stones, scent, soundscape
About Tamara Dean
Tamara Dean’s practice extends across photography, installation and participatory works exploring the relationship between humans and the natural world and the role ritual plays in our lives, and relies on her subjects experiencing and engaging with their environment and emotions well as her own inclusion in the ritual.
Dean has received numerous awards including winner of the 2014 New York Photo Awards, Fine Art Series – Powerhouse Arena, New York, $10,000 High Commendation prize in the 2013 Moran Contemporary Photographic Award, winner of the 2011 Olive Cotton Award and 2009 Sydney Life: Art & About.
Dean’s works have been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally including Hamptons Art Fair, NYC in 2014 with JHB Gallery, ‘Dangerous Beauty’ curated by Stephan Stoyanov, Bulgaria 2013, the 2013 Aspettando FotoLeggendo festival in Rome, Fotofever Brussels Art Fair, 2012 and Pingyao Photography Festival, China, 2012 as well as at leading Australian galleries including the Australian Centre for Photography, Museum of Sydney and Monash Gallery of Art.
Tamara Dean is represented by Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney and Jayne H Baum Gallery, NYC.
About Owen Craven
Owen is a Curator with UAP – a specialist art and design studio collaborating with artists to create site-specific and edition artwork – who has worked in the visual arts industry for more than a decade, developing a mixture of curatorial and artist project management experience.
Immediately prior to joining UAP, Owen was the Editor of Artist Profile and Art Almanac magazines. In these roles, Owen led numerous initiatives that created platforms and opportunities for both emerging and established artists to produce and present their work.
Owen curated several significant group exhibitions that have toured both nationally and internationally including On This Island, Meeting and Parting (2010), Not the Way Home (2012), and Your Friend the Enemy (2014). Most recently, he curated Antipodean Inquiry (2016), an exhibition of leading Australian and New Zealand artists at Yavuz Gallery, Singapore, featuring Tamara Dean’s photographs.
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Image courtesy and © Tamara Dean and Martin Browne Contemporary, Brooke from the series About Face, 2015.