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Exhibition Review : Turner Prize 2018 at Tate Britain – 26th September 2018 to 6th January 2019

The Tate Britain presents an exhibition of work by the four artists shortlisted for Turner Prize 2018, the artists are Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompson.

Forensic Architecture presents its investigations surrounding the Bedouin communities of the Naqab/Negev region of southern Israel.

The videos, photographs and other documentary evidence investigate the events of 18 January 2017, a day on which an attempt by police to clear an unrecognised Bedouin village resulted in the deaths of two people.

Naeem Mohaiemen’s films and installations bring together archives, photographs and interviews that explore ideas of hope and loneliness.

Two Meetings and a Funeral is a documentary film shown on three screens, centring on the power struggle between the Non-Aligned Movement and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in the 1970s. Tripoli Cancelled is Mohaiemen’s first fiction film, following the daily routine of a man who spends a decade living alone in an abandoned airport.

Charlotte Prodger presents Bridgit which filmed on an iPhone over the course of a year. It is made up of recordings of the Scottish countryside as well as shots from inside Prodger’s home.

Sounds from her environment are overlaid with a narration read by the artist and her friends including extracts from her diaries and books written by figures from queer history.

Luke Willis Thompson works across film, performance and installation. His films examine the relationship between a person and their representation. For the Turner Prize, Thompson presents a trilogy of works on 35mm film: Cemetery of Uniforms and Liveries, autoportrait and _Human.

In these three films, Thompson reframes histories of violence enacted against certain people, and offers counter-images to the media spectacle of our digital age.

Established in 1984, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. The Prize is often controversial with critics and the public debating the old ‘is it art’ argument, however this year the debate is likely to be more about the lack of diversity with all the shortlisted artists working with the moving image and being ‘issue based’. All this debate often overshadows the works which in 2018 offer a very personal look into the modern world even if they are presented in wider contexts.

The Turner Prize is one of the world’s best-known prizes for the visual arts and the award fund is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.

There will be a free entry to the exhibition for everyone aged 25 or under for the first 25 days of the show. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 4 December at an awards ceremony live on the BBC.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Tate Britain website here

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Exhibition Review – Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask at the National Portrait Gallery from 9th March to 29th May 2017

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask at the National Portrait Gallery brings together over 100 works by French artist Claude Cahun (1894–1954) and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing (b.1963). Whilst it may be seen as an unusual collaboration being born 70 years apart, however both artists share similar themes of gender, identity, masquerade and performance.

Cahun was affiliated with the French Surrealist movement and associated with André Breton and Man Ray, despite these associations her work was rarely exhibited during her lifetime.

Gillian Wearing won the Turner Prize in 1997 and has exhibited extensively in the United Kingdom and internationally.

Although the scale of the photographs between the two woman varies greatly, the themes are remarkably similar. Cahun and her partner, the artist and stage designer Marcel Moore created a series of photographs where Cahun is depicted wearing masks and costumes and developing Surrealist representations. She plays with different aspects of her appearance by shaving her hair and wearing wigs and often challenges the traditional notions of gender roles.

Wearing’s photographic self –portraits are much more complex by incorporating recreations of her as others in a range of guises, In one series she becomes her immediate family members using prosthetic masks.

Both sets of photographs illustrate the two artists’ fascination with identity and gender and the art of performance and masquerade.

Wearing is not only influenced by Cahun but reconstructs some of Cahun’s self-portraits.  Wearing’s Me as Cahun holding a mask of my face is a reconstruction of Cahun’s self-portrait Don’t kiss me I’m in training of 1927.

Specially created for the exhibition in tribute to the surrealist work of Claude Cahun, My Exquisite Corpse is Wearing’s own version of a parlour game played by the Surrealists in which each participant draws on a sheet of paper, folds it to conceal the work and passes it to the next player for their contribution. For this composite portrait of herself, Wearing invited fellow artists Gary Hume and Michael Landy to collaborate, with Hume creating the head, Landy, the torso, and Wearing the legs.

Also shown for the first time in the UK is Rock n’roll 70 wallpaper (2015-16), a computer-generated impression of the artist aging.

This fascinating exhibition explores the many themes of gender, identity, masquerade, performance and the idea of the self.  Although separated by 70 years, both artists provide often disquieting portraits that reflect how identity and the idea of the self are intrinsically linked. This has never been so topical with concerns that the creation of online persona are often at odds with ‘real life’.

Our Video Review available here

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

To find out more about the exhibition, visit the National Portrait Gallery website here.

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