14 April 2024, 12:00pm ET

Danielle Dean

TIFF Lightbox

Cinema 4
350 King Street West 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Danielle Dean leads an artist talk about her ongoing research and practice, including an introduction to Hemel (2024), the ambitious new film and subject of her first exhibition in Canada, Out of this World. A semi-fictional portrait of the small English town where she was raised, Hemel is a short film that emerges from a series of projects examining historical representations and contemporary conditions of labour, racialized identity, and popular culture. Dean will discuss her longstanding interest in working closely with community to develop projects in collaboration with her subjects, and focus on related recent works that draw from archival materials, including film and advertising in order to unpack the ideological frameworks and imaginaries they sustain.


Danielle Dean is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the geopolitical and material processes that colonize the mind and body. Dean has developed commissioned projects with the Wellcome Collection in London (2023); Tate Britain, London (2022); and with Performa 21, New York (2021). She has presented exhibitions at ICA San Diego (2023); The Contemporary Austin, Texas (2023); Midnight moment, Times Square Arts, New York (2023); The Whitney Biennale, New York (2022); and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2018). Dean holds a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts, and is an alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program.

About the Series

fORUM is Mercer Union’s ongoing series of talks, lectures, interviews, screenings, and performances.