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These 4 artists have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize

SHORTLISTED: Oscar Murillo (Photo credit: Wikimedia)

OSCAR MURILLO, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock and Tai Shani are the four artists who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize this year.

Tate Britain made the announcement last week, and later this year an exhibition of work by the artists will be held at Turner Contemporary in Margate. One of the best known honours for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art.

The shortlist jury said they chose Shani for her participation in Glasgow International 2018, her solo exhibition DC: Semiramis at the Tetley in Leeds and participation in Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance at Notting- ham Contemporary and the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea.

Cammock got the nod for her solo exhibition The Long Note at Void, Derry/Londonderry and IMMA in Dublin. The timely and urgent quality of her work, which explores social histories through film, photography, print, text and perfor- mance, came in for particular Praise.

Abu Hamdan received wide plaudits for his solo exhibition Earwitness Theatre at Chisenhale, for the video installation Walled Unwalled and performance After SFX at Tate Modern, London.

Self-proclaimed “private ear”, Abu Hamdan’s work investigates crimes that have been heard and not seen; exploring the processes of reconstruction, the complexity of memory and language as well as the urgency of human rights and advocacy.


Seven years ago, Murillo, worked as a cleaner, but his work has landed him on the shortlist, particularly for his participation in the 10th Berlin Biennale arts festival, his solo exhibition Violent Amnesia at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and solo exhibition at the chi K11 art museum in Shanghai.

The jury particularly praised the way Murillo pushes the boundaries of materials, particularly in his paintings. His work incorporates a variety of techniques and media, including painting, drawing, performance, sculpture and sound, often using recycled materials.

Murillo’s work reflects on his own experience of displacement and the social fallout of globalisation.

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