Turner Prize 2019

One of the best known prizes for visual arts in the world, Turner Prize 2019 is coming to Turner Contemporary in Margate.

Sat 28 Sep 2019 - Sun 12 Jan 2020

Turner Contemporary Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG

Every other year, the Prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London. Four of the most exciting artists working right now are shortlisted to win the prize based on an outstanding exhibition that has taken place in the previous year. This year’s finalists include Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani.



Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Walled Unwalled, Tate Modern Tanks, Press Photos

Lawrence Abu Hamdan has been nominated for his solo exhibition Earwitness Theatre at Chisenhale, and for the video installation Walled Unwalled and performance After SFX at Tate Modern, London. Self-proclaimed ‘private ear’, 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.

The jury was struck by Abu Hamdan’s exploration of sound as an architectural element and the way he recreates particular situations through sound and performance.

My interest in sound is that it can’t be contained, you can’t put it in a box. It will always leak.

– Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Helen Cammock

Helen Cammock, The Long Note 2018

Helen Cammock has been nominated for her solo exhibition The Long Note at Void, Derry~Londonderry and IMMA, Dublin. The jury praised the timely and urgent quality of Cammock’s work which explores social histories through film, photography, print, text and performance. Creating layered narratives that allow for the cyclical nature of history to be revealed, 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.

Histories are never behind us… They are part of who we are, who I am, who you are. I can’t ever think about making work that’s about contemporary life that doesn’t involve histories.

– Helen Cammock

Oscar Murillo

Oscar Murillo, Violent Amnesia 2019 at Kettle’s Yard

Oscar Murillo has been nominated 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 particularly praised the way Murillo pushes the boundaries of materials, particularly in his paintings.

His work incorporates a variety of techniques and media including painting, drawing, performance, sculpture and sound, often using recycled materials and fragments from his studio. Murillo’s work reflects on his own experience of displacement and the social fallout of globalisation.

I try hard to keep a balance in my work between my desire to think primarily about image-making, texture, form and so on, and this constant awareness of the world.

 – Oscar Murillo

Tai Shani

Tai Shani, DC Semiramis, 2018. Courtesy the artist and The Tetley. Photo Jules Lister

Tai Shani has been nominated 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.

The jury noted the compelling nature of Shani’s ongoing project Dark Continent, particularly the work’s ability to combine historical texts with contemporary references and issues. Developed over four years, it takes inspiration from a 15th century feminist text, Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the City of Ladies. Shani uses theatrical installations, performances and films to create her own allegorical city of women populated by fantastical characters, transporting the viewer to another time and place.

I’m interested in femininity, and what can be salvaged from a history of femininity, to think about ways out of where we are now.

 – Tai Shani

About the Turner Prize

The Turner Prize is named after J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) who was an innovative and controversial artist in his day, is now seen as one of the greatest British artists, and expressed a wish to establish a prize for young artists. Turner Contemporary is named after the artist for similar reasons; our work is inspired by Turner’s innovative and radical approach to art.

The members of the Turner Prize 2019 jury are Alessio Antoniolli, Director, Gasworks & Triangle Network; Elvira Dyangani Ose, Director of The Showroom Gallery and Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths; Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary, Margate and Charlie Porter, writer. The jury is chaired by Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain.

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