It’s that time of year again, folks: coach-loads of art hungry tourists are set to descend on sleepy Millbank to soak up this year’s Turner Prize offerings. Between 26 September 2018 and 6 January 2019, Tate Britain plays host to the annual celebration of the best of contemporary visual art, and this year the list of nominees skews heavily toward practitioners playing around with film and video.
Naeem Mohaimen, Charlotte Prodger, Luke Willis Thompson, and Forensic Architecture have each submitted work that uses the moving image to interrogate a host of contemporary concerns. Naheem’s pair of films — Tripoli Cancelled and Two Meetings and a Funeral — meditate on airport-based loneliness and the power struggle between the Non-Aligned Movement and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation respectively. Charlotte’s exhibited work, the iPhone-short BRIGIDT explores how historical knowledge, experience and solidarity has shaped the artists’ queer identity. Forensic Architecture — a multidisciplinary collective headed by lecturer, theorist, and architect Eyal Weizman — are showing The Long Duration of a Split Second which is a two-part piece examining allegations of state and corporate violence in the Middle East. The show is rounded off with a trio of films by Luke, each of which reframes histories of violence enacted against certain bodies.
A new three year partnership with French international banking group BNP Paribas sees everyone under the age of 25 granted free access to the Turner Prize show for the first 25 days of it’s run. Good news for those of you young enough not to creak when you peer at exhibition notes in a gallery.
The prize winner will be announced on Tuesday 4 December, in a ceremony that’ll be broadcast live on the BBC.
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