iPhone film-maker Charlotte Prodger wins 2018 Turner prize

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okt - nov 2018
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iPhone film-maker Charlotte Prodger wins 2018 Turner prize. Glasgow-based artist’s film Bridgit praised by judges as ‘unexpectedly expansive’.

Charlotte Prodger works with moving image, printed image, sculpture and writing. Her work explores issues surrounding queer identity, landscape, language, technology and time. She has been selected to represent Scotland during the 58th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Commissioned and curated by Linsey Young with Cove Park, Prodger's presentation will feature a major solo exhibition of new work.

Charlotte Prodger was awarded the Turner Prize during an event Tate Britain this evening. The £25,000 prize was presented by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie during a live broadcast on the BBC, the broadcast partner for the prize. A further £5,000 is awarded to each of the other shortlisted artists.

The jury applauded the way that all four nominated artists are committed to making a difference to the world today and are very proud of the timely and urgent nature of the Turner Prize 2018 shortlist. They awarded the prize to Charlotte Prodger for her solo exhibition BRIDGIT / Stoneymollen Trail at Bergen Kunsthall. Using a smartphone, Prodger interweaves bodies, thoughts and landscape in her work. The jury admired the painterly quality of BRIDGIT and the attention it pays to art history. The work meanders through disparate associations ranging from JD Sports and standing stones to 1970s lesbian separatism and Jimi Hendrix’s sound recordist. They praised the way Prodger explores lived experience as mediated through technologies and histories.

One of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. The Prize, established in 1984 by the Patrons of New Art, is awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 26 April 2018. The shortlisted artists for 2018 were: Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompson.

The members of the Turner Prize 2018 jury are Oliver Basciano, art critic and International Editor at ArtReview; Elena Filipovic, Director of Kunsthalle Basel; Lisa Le Feuvre, Executive Director of Holt-Smithson Foundation; and Tom McCarthy, novelist and Visiting Professor, Royal College of Art. The Chair of the jury is Alex Farquharson, Director, Tate Britain.

An exhibition of the four shortlisted artists is at Tate Britain until 6 January 2019.

Charlotte Prodger is 44 and lives and works in Glasgow. 

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