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Turner Prize shortlist announced, whose work will be shown in Kent

By Angela Cole

The artists shortlisted for the coveted Turner Prize 2019, whose work will be exhibited in Kent later this year, have been announced.

The internationally famous prize is one of the most prestigious in the art world and this autumn, the four artists whose work has been shortlisted, will exhibit at Turner Contemporary in Margate.

The shortlist was announced this morning at a press conference held at Tate Britain in London.

Turner Contemporary in Margate will host the Turner Prize shortlist
Turner Contemporary in Margate will host the Turner Prize shortlist

The artists shortlisted are: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s work investigates crimes that have been heard and not seen; exploring the processes of reconstruction, the complexity of memory and language as well as the urgency of human rights and advocacy.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Lawrence Abu Hamdan

He was shortlisted for his solo exhibition Earwitness Theatre at Chisenhale, video installation Walled Unwalled and performance After SFX at Tate Modern.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan SFX 2018
Lawrence Abu Hamdan SFX 2018

Helen Cammock is shortlisted for her solo exhibition The Long Note at Void, Derry~Londonderry and IMMA, Dublin. The jury praised the timely and urgent quality of her work which explores social histories through film, photography, print, text and performance.

Helen Cammock Picture: Magda Stawarska-Beavan
Helen Cammock Picture: Magda Stawarska-Beavan

The Long Note looks at the history and the role of women in the civil rights movement in Derry Londonderry. The work highlights how the complexities of the politics of Northern Ireland have overshadowed the social history of the region and the variety of political positions taken by women during that time.

Helen Cammock, The Long Note 2018
Helen Cammock, The Long Note 2018

Oscar Murillo's work reflects on his own experience of displacement and the social fallout of globalisation.

He has been chosen for his participation in the 10th Berlin Biennale, his solo exhibition Violent Amnesia at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and solo exhibition at the chi K11 art museum Shanghai. The jury praised how he pushes the boundaries of materials, particularly in his paintings, incorporating a variety of techniques and media.

Oscar Murillo, Turner Prize shortlist Picture: Joo Yongsung
Oscar Murillo, Turner Prize shortlist Picture: Joo Yongsung

Tai Shani was shortlisted for her participation in Glasgow International 2018, solo exhibition DC: Semiramis at The Tetley, Leeds and participation in Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance at Nottingham Contemporary and the De Le Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea.

Tai Shani, Turner Prize shortlsted artist
Tai Shani, Turner Prize shortlsted artist

The jury noted the compelling nature of her ongoing project Dark Continent, developed over four years, which takes inspiration from a 15th century feminist text, Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the City of Ladies.

Tai Shani, DC Semiramis, 2018 Glasgow, Picture: Keith Hunter
Tai Shani, DC Semiramis, 2018 Glasgow, Picture: Keith Hunter

Among those attending was Victoria Pomery, director of Turner Contemporary, which will host the Turner Prize exhibition from Saturday, September 28 to Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London and the Margate gallery has been chosen this year.

Turner Contemporary director Victoria Pomery OBE. Picture: Matt Bristow
Turner Contemporary director Victoria Pomery OBE. Picture: Matt Bristow

The prize and the Margate gallery, which has been open eight years, are both named after English painter JMW Turner - who was said to be both controversial and innovative for his time during the 18th and 19th centuries.

It is the first time that the venue for the Turner Prize, outside of London, has had a direct connection with Turner himself.

The prize winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, December 3.

Vermilion Towers by artist JMW Turner who the gallery and prize are named after
Vermilion Towers by artist JMW Turner who the gallery and prize are named after

To find out more about the gallery go to turnercontemporary.org

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