Born in 1982 at Huntsville (États-Unis).
British-American artist of Nigerian descent, Danielle Dean studied Fine Art at Central St Martins in London and received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She has been a Whitney Independent Study Program Fellow in New York and is an alum of the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Dean currently teaches at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit.
Her work focuses on deconstructing commercial narratives, branding and advertising strategies that often play a role in the construction of the self. She examines commercial images and languages that vehicle ideologies and shape subjectivities, while attempting to unravel their power structures. Often this material (from Nollywood-style soap operas, animation movies, slogans from commercials and political speeches) are rearticulated and combined to critical effect in video works and multimedia installations (www.danielledean.art). Recent solo exhibitions include True Red Ruin at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2018), and a shoe, a phone, a castle at Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles (2017). Danielle Dean’s work was featured in recent group exhibitions such as It Can Howl at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2016), Shifters at Art in General in New York (2016), and Made in L.A. at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (2014). Her film True Red Ruin (Elmina Castle) was presented this year at the Artist’s film international at The Whitechapel Gallery in London. Later this year, her work will be presented in a group exhibition in Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.