One architectural research agency and three visual artists were announced as the 2018 nominees for the prestigious Turner Prize: Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger, and Luke Willis Thompson.
Established in 1984, the annual prize recognizes British artists for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work and aims to highlight emerging talent in contemporary British art.
An accompanying exhibition a the Tate Britain opening on September 25 will showcase the work of the shortlisted artists.
"For their participation in documenta 14 and their solo exhibitions Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics at MACBA Barcelona and Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics at MUAC Mexico. The jury praised Forensic Architecture for developing highly innovative methods for sourcing and visualising evidence relating to human rights abuses around the world, used in courts of law as well as exhibitions of art and architecture."
"For his participation in documenta 14 and solo exhibition Naeem Mohaiemen: There is No Last Man at MoMA PS1, New York. The jury was struck by the way Mohaiemen’s films explore post-colonial identity, migration, exile and refuge through narratives using fiction and social history that combine the traumas of history with his own family stories. In his films, installations, and essays, Mohaiemen reflects on radical left politics from around the world, investigating memories of political utopias and the legacies of colonialism."
"For her solo exhibition BRIDGIT / Stoneymollan Trail at Bergen Kunsthall. The jury praised Prodger for the nuanced way in which she deals with identity politics, particularly from a queer perspective. Using a range of technologies from old camcorders to iPhones, Prodger’s films build a complex narrative exploring relationships between queer bodies, landscape, language, technology and time."
Luke Willis Thompson
"For his solo exhibition Autoportrait at Chisenhale, London. The jury particularly noted the meditative nature of Willis Thompson’s black and white 35mm portrait of Diamond Reynolds. In this deeply affecting study of grief, the artist addresses representations of race and police violence. An homage as well as a critique of Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, the artist contrasts analogue and new media. Working in film and performance, Willis Thompson investigates the treatment of minority communities and the way objects, places and people can be imbued with violence."
The Turner Prize 2018 jury comprises Oliver Basciano, art critic and International Editor at ArtReview; Elena Filipovic, Director of Kunsthalle Basel; Lisa Le Feuvre, Executive Director of Holt-Smithson Foundation; Tom McCarthy, novelist and Visiting Professor, Royal College of Art; and Alex Farquharson, Jury Chair and Director of Tate Britain. The Turner Prize curators this year are Linsey Young, Curator, British Contemporary Art and Elsa Coustou, Assistant Curator, British Contemporary Art, Tate.
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