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Tamara Dean: Leave only footprints


Tamara Dean: Leave only footprints

25 Nov 2022 – 19 Feb 2023

Emerging from the depths of nature Tamara Dean’s practice examines the human condition. Leave only footprints is the first survey of the critically acclaimed photo media artist and spans more than 20 years of her photographic practice. This immersive exhibition incorporates scent, photography, installation and the moving image to create an environment that engages the senses.

Dean’s career began as a photojournalist for The Sydney Morning Herald (2001–14). She was renowned for finding the quieter, more introspective moments between subject and photographer. Her exploration of our shifting emotional states continues to evolve and these themes now occupy her large-scale performative photographic practice.

‘For as long as I can remember I have yearned to be in nature. When I enter a forest I feel as though I have come home.’ — Tamara Dean

Dean’s practice transitioned from documentary to conceptual photography after the arrival of her first child. It transformed her practice into one that explores the primacy of nature and our connectedness to it and to each other. Leave only footprints spans over 11 key bodies of work that explore transitional moments in our lives; rites of passage, rituals and motherhood, and is underpinned by the artist’s longing and desire to be within and to protect nature.

Curator: Anouska Phizacklea, MGA Director

Tamara DEAN 
Night garden  2020 
from the series High jinks in the hydrangeas 
pigment ink-jet print 
75.0 x 100.0 cm 
Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection 
donated by Tamara Dean 2022 
MGA 2022.32 
courtesy of the artist and Michael Reid Gallery (Sydney + Berlin) 

Gallery Details

Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill VIC 3150
T: +61 3 8544 0500
E: mga@monash.vic.gov.au
W: mga.org.au

Opening Hours
Tuesday - Friday: 10am–5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm–5pm
Entry is Free

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Gallery Info

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.