Glasgow-based video artist Charlotte Prodger has won the 2018 Turner Prize. In a shortlist consisting entirely of creatives working with, in, and around video, her iPhone-shot series of short films stood out to the judges. She was awarded the prize by novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Tate director Maria Balshaw at a ceremony last night.
She beat off competition from bookies favourites Forensic Architecture (who we profiled on It’s Nice That just last week), visual essayist Naeem Mohaiemen, and New Zealander Luke Willis Thompson to pick up the £25,000 prize.
Her work has been described by Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson as the “most profound use of a device as prosaic as the iPhone camera that we’ve seen in art to date.”
Charlotte’s 32-minute film BRIDGIT explores how historical knowledge, experience and solidarity has shaped the 44-year-old artists’ queer identity.
The artist has said that she’ll primarily use the prize money to pay rent and bills but hasn’t ruled out getting something for herself. The Guardian quotes her as saying that she might get "a nice jacket. Don’t hold me to that!”
The Turner Prize 2018 show runs until 6 January 2019 at Tate Britain. Watch an extract from Charlotte’s winning film below.
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