As the names of the Turner prize finalists are announced, their work has gone on display in London. This year features a strong emphasis on video and projections.
The only non-film maker is Canadian-born Ciara Phillips whose colourful handmade screenprints fill the walls, forming a striking contrast to the rest of the exhibition.
One of the world’s most prestigious contemporary art awards, the Turner Prize is known for courting controversy and challenging people’s perceptions of art. This year’s finalists are no exception to the rule.
“They’re obscure artists and they’re not artists that we’re normally familiar with, so in that respect it’s really exciting. In terms of the materials that they use, there’s one which is more traditional in that we expect to see pictures on the wall when we go to a gallery. But the others, they’re still pictures on a wall but they’re moving, there’s a lot of video and that’s what’s different this year,” says art critic Estelle Lovatt.
Glasgow-based artist Duncan Campbell draws together archive footage, photographs, interviews, animation, re-enactment and music to make his films.
His nearly one-hour long film is about the ownership of objects and images and how political movements, museums and art dealers manipulate their meaning.
Berlin-based artist James Richards creates visual collages in which imagery is integrated into his own black and white films. ‘Rosebud’ is made up of his own footage as well as erotic images found in library art books in Tokyo.
The fourth finalist is Tris Vonna-Michell, who tells multilayered stories through live performances and audio recordings.
Awarded to a British visual artist under the age of 50, the Turner Prize will be announced on 1st December. The finalists’ work is on show at the Tate Britain until 4th January.