Installation view of Luke Willis Thompson's autoportrait 2017 and Chisenhale Gallery in London. Courtesy of the artist. Image: Andy Keate

Politics and humanitarian issues at forefront of Turner Prize 2018

Jasper Hart, 26.09.2018
Exhibition showcasing shortlisted artists opens this week

All of the artists on this year’s Turner Prize shortlist are focused on issues related to politics and identity in the 21st century.

The four shortlisted artists are Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger, and Luke Willis Thompson. An exhibition of their work opens at Tate Britain this week and will run until 6 January 2019.

The artists cover a range of humanitarian topics, from visualising evidence of human rights abuses to post-colonial identity, queer perspectives, and minorities and police violence.

Alex Farquharson, the director of Tate Britain, said: “The artists shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize are tackling some of today’s most important issues, from queer identity, human rights abuses and police brutality to post-colonial migrations and the legacy of liberation movements. For the first time, all the shortlisted artists work with the moving image and it’s thrilling to see how wide a range of techniques and styles they use.”

Linsey Young, the curator of this year’s Turner Prize, said: “The world is fraught at the moment. There are all sorts of pressing and direct political actions and it’s inevitable that artists are going to respond to those. They're reflecting on the heightened political state we live in.”

The Turner Prize award is £40,000, with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each to the other shortlisted artists.

The members of this year’s jury are Oliver Basciano, an art critic and the international editor at ArtReview; Elena Filipovic, the director of Kunsthalle Basel; Lisa Le Feuvre, executive director of the Holt-Smithson Foundation; and Tom McCarthy, a novelist and visiting professor at Royal College of Art.

As part of a three-year partnership with bank BNP Paribas, the exhibition is free for everyone under 25 for the first 25 days.

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