Exhibitions
Tacita Dean, Dead Budgie Project, 2005. Courtesy of the artist, Niels Borch Jensen Editions, Frith Street Gallery, London & Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris

© Tacita Dean, fra serien Dead Budgie Project, 2005.

Dead Budgie Project

Many of Tacita Dean’s works address the theme of memory – our private and collective memories alike. In the series Dead Budgie Project she restages a woman’s memory of the life and death of a budgerigar.

Tacita Dean, Dead Budgie Project, 2002. Courtesy of the artist, Niels Borch Jensen Editions, Frith Street Gallery, London & Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris

© Tacita Dean, fra serien Dead Budgie Project, 2002

Dead Budgie Project
In the series Dead Budgie Project Dean offers up a sentimental depiction of the life and death of a much-loved budgerigar. The series shows the owner’s passionate relationship with her pet bird during its lifetime and after it drops from its perch, lies dead, and is buried in a beautiful, lined box.

The series is based on a range of amateur photographs that Tacita Dean found at a flea market. Read more about how Tacita Dean works with photographs and photogravure.

A private and universal tale

In this series Tacita Dean takes a small, private narrative out of its original context. The private aspects of the images linger and serve to stimulate our imagination, but Dean’s treatment makes the pictures more universal in scope. We are all familiar with loss – this budgerigar could be yours or mine.

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