Turner Prize – Artists nominated for tackling the humanitarian issues

The artists shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2018 have been announced with a press conference at Tate Britain this morning.

Forensic Architecture; is a group of architectures, filmmakers, software developers, investigative journalists, lawyers and scientists based at Goldsmiths, University of London. They develop pioneering methods for 3-D investigations of state and corporate violations worldwide. Their findings relating human rights abuses are also used in courts of law. Forensic Architecture has been nominated for their participation in documenta 14 and their solo exhibitions Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics at MACBA Barcelona and Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics at MUAC Mexico.

Naem Mohaiemen; is London born artist grew up in Dhaka, Bangledesh. Mohaiemen’s films explore turbulent societies; he combines autobiography and family history and investigates the legacies of decolonisation. He has been nominated for his participation in documenta 14 and solo exhibition Naeem Mohaiemen: There is No Last Man at MoMA PS1, New York

Charlotte Prodger; is Bournemouth born artists studied at Goldsmiths, London and The Glasgoq School of Art. She works with moving image, printed image, sculpture and writing. Prodger deals with identity politics particularly from a queer perspective. She has been nominated for her solo exhibition BRIDGIT / Stoneymollan Trail at Bergen Kunsthall. Bridget was shot on her iPhone which she approaches as an extension to body.

Luke Willis Thompson; is Auckland born artist works across films, performance, installations and sculptures to tackle racial and social inequalities. Using Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, Thompson makes black and white films performed by people fundamentally impacted by police brutality. He has been nominated for his solo exhibition autoportrait at Chisenhale, London.

Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain said: ‘Following a thoughtful and rigorous debate, this year’s jury has chosen an outstanding group of artists, all of whom are tackling the most pressing political and humanitarian issues of today. This shortlist highlights how important the moving image has become in exploring these debates. We are looking forward to what will be a dynamic and absorbing exhibition. We are very pleased to announce our new partnership with BNP Paribas whose generous support of the Turner Prize will allow us to give young people greater access to some of today’s most relevant and inspiring contemporary art.’

Established in 1984, The Turner Prize is one of the world’s best-known prizes for the visual arts. The shortlisted artists’ works will be exhibited at Tate Britain from 25 September 2018 to 6 January 2019. The winner will be announced in December at an awards ceremony live on the BBC, the broadcast partner for the Turner Prize.

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Image: Tate Britain