December 11, 2019
Arts

In shock move, all four nominated artists win Turner Prize 2019

Everyone's a winner! Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani © the artist and Maureen Paley, Miro Kuzmanovic; the artist, Magda Stawarska-Beavan; the artist, David Zwirner, Jungwon Kim; the artist

In an unprecedented move, this years Turner Prize was been awarded to all four shortlisted artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo, and Tai Shani.

The joint award was announced this evening by the editor-in-chief of British Vogue, Edward Enninful, at an event at Dreamland amusement park in Margate, southeast England, which was screened live on the BBC. An exhibition of work by the four artists is at the nearby Turner Contemporary (until 12 January 2020).

The decision came after the four artists contacted the jury today to ask for the prize to be awarded to them as a collective, writing: “At this time of political crisis in Britain and much of the world, when there is already so much that divides and isolates people and communities, we feel strongly motivated to use the occasion of the prize to make a collective statement in the name of commonality, multiplicity and solidarity—in art as in society.” The four artists created a collective to whom the jury agreed to award the prize.

In a joint statement, the jury responded that they were “honoured to be supporting this bold statement of solidarity and collaboration in these divided times.” The Turner Prize 2019 jury is made up of the Gasworks director Alessio Antoniolli; the Showroom Gallery director Elvira Dyangani Ose; the Turner Contemporary director Victoria Pomery; and the journalist Charlie Porter. The jury was chaired by the Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson.

Speaking to The Art Newspaper earlier in the year, Farquharson noted that there was a common thread among the work by this years nominees: “their work seeks to foreground the voices of those who have been marginalised by dominant historical accounts or accounts of society today.”

In June, Cammock toldThe Art Newspapers podcast that the four artists had spoken about making sure the exhibition at Turner Contemporary was very much a group show, “the idea that theres something collegiate thats happening”.

Installation view of Tai Shani's DC Semiramis (2019) at Turner Contemporary © Photo: David Levene

Shani was nominated for her exhibition DC: Semiramis at The Tetley in Leeds, and her works shown at Glasgow International 2018 and in Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary and the De Le Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea. At Turner Contemporary, Shani is exhibiting a new version of her DC: Semiramis installation, a four year project inspired by the 15th-century The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan.

Oscar Murillo's Collective Conscious (2019) installation at Turner Contemporary in Margate © Courtesy of Turner Contemporary and the artist; Photo: David Levene

Murillo was shortlisted for his exhibitions at Kettles Yard in Cambridge and the chi K11 art museum in Shanghai, as well as work shown at the Berlin Biennale. He is showing, among other works, Collective Conscious (2019), which consists of around 20 papier-mâché figures that "represent a mobile and globalised workforce", according to the press release. Rather than send them via the usual art transporting means, Murillo took the figures from London to Margate on the train.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan's installation at Tuner Contemporary © Courtesy of Turner Contemporary and the artist; Photo: David Levene

Abu Hamdan was nominated for his Earwitness Theatre exhibition at Londons Chisenhale Gallery and for his installation and performance After SFX at Tate Modern. He is showing three works based on "earwitness" testimonies, from research carried out together with Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture into Syrias Saydnaya prison .

Installation view of Helen Cammock's work © Courtesy of Turner Contemporary and the artist; Photo: David Read More – Source

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