Politics the main medium for 2019 Turner Prize

All four artists shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani, show the influence of political engagement in their work.

For the first time this year’s prize exhibition will be at Turner Contemporary in Margate, opening on September 28, where the £25,000 first prize will be presented to the winner on December 3. The three runners up will each receive £5,000.

Main image: Tai Shani's DC Semiramia, 2018 Glasgow; photo Keith Hunter


Lawrence Abu Hamdan's Earwitness Inventory, 2018 at Chisenhale

Lawrence Abu Hamdan is an audio artist who explore issues of human rights through heard evidence, and was chosen for his Chisenhale exhibition Walled Unwalled and  his performance work After SFX at Tate Modern. 


Helen Cammack's The Long Note 2018

Helen Cammock was shortlisted for her exhibition The Long Note at The Void in Derry-Londonderry and IMMA in Dublin which looked at the role of women in the Irish civil rights movement. Her work explores social history through photography, film, print and performance.

Oscar Murillo's Violent Amnesia 2018 at Kettle's Yard

Oscar Murillo is a painter who extends the boundaries of his materials to reflect on displacement and the social fall-out of globalisation, and came to notice through  his involvement in the 10th Berlin Biennale, his solo show Violent Amnesia at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, and his exhibition at the chi J11 art museum in Shanghai.

Tai Shani is a London-born feminist artist whose ongoing work Dark Continent combines historical texts and contemporary references to create an allegorical city of women. She was selected for her participation in Glasgow International 2018, her exhibition DC: Semiramis at The Tetley, Leeds, and her involvement in Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance at Nottingham Contemporary and the De Le Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea.



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