Turner Prize 2018 Shortlist Announced
Awarded annually to an artist born, living or working in Britain, for an outstanding artistic contribution over the last twelve months, the Turner Prize reflects the best of British Art today.
Overtly political in their practice and deemed by the jury to 'reflect our times', this year's four shortlisted artists are:
British collective Forensic Architecture, Ph.D. student Naeem Mohaiemen, Glasgow-based flimographer Charlotte Prodger and multi-media artist Luke Willis Thompson.
An exhibition of work by the shortlisted artists will be staged at Tate Britain from 25 September 2018 – 6 January 2019. The Turner Prize 2018 winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in December.
What you need to know: Born in London, raised in Bangladesh, Naeem's work tackles overtly political thematics with a subtle sense of seduction and elegance. Drawing heavily on his personal experiences, Naeem's filmic studies explore post-colonial identity, migration, extremism, transnational politics and refuge. The jury was struck by the ways in which Naeem combines rigorous academic research with a nostalgia and melancholy for lost political dreams.
Tripoli Cancelled, 2017, Mohaiemen's first fiction film, for which he has been nominated, addresses alienation and isolation in modern society as a trigger for extremism, and explores the infinite wait for stability in a politically turbulent world.
What has he been nominated for: His participation in documenta 14 where he presented four works, including Tripoli Cancelled and Volume Eleven, a series of diptychs exploring his great-uncle's misplaced hope that Germany would liberate British India, and his recently closed solo exhibition, Naeem Mohaiemen: There is No Last Man at MoMA PS1, New York.