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    • The Turner Prize is awarded to a British or UK-based artist for an “outstanding exhibition or other presentation of  their work in the past twelve months”, according to a Tate [Gallery] statement. 

      In  an unprecedented move, this year’s Turner Prize has been awarded to all four shortlisted artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo, and Tai  Shani.

      The  decision came after the four artists contacted the jury to ask for the prize  to be awarded to them as a collective, writing: “At this time of political crisis in Britain and much of the world, when there is already so much that  divides and isolates people and communities, we feel strongly motivated to use the occasion of the prize to make a collective statement in the name of commonality,  multiplicity and solidarity—in art as in society.” The four artists created a collective to whom the jury agreed to award the prize.

      In a joint statement, the jury responded that they were “honoured to be supporting this bold statement of solidarity and collaboration in these divided times.” 


    • I needed this right now. Maybe we all do. I had just finished catching up on the news and jeez, so much personal drama erupting in the headlines. It feels like we’ve all gone back to high school.

      Reading the context is interesting. The art this year was focused on a lot of social issues, and the artists didn’t want the awards to Make it seem like one issue was more important than another.

    • “This year’s Turner Prize has been one of the most political in its history with work exploring themes of migration, patriarchy, torture and civil rights. The artists asked judges not to pit those subjects against each other.”

      “Cammock presented a 99-minute documentary film examining the overlooked role of women in the Northern Irish civil rights struggle. Murillo installed papier-mache worker figures on pews looking out at a gorgeous sea view, obscured by a black curtain.

      Abu Hamdan, a self-described audio investigator or “private ear”, made works that stemmed from an investigation he undertook with Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture into the Syrian regime’s torture prison of Saydnaya. Shani created a surreal fantasy installation that represents a city built by women, a post-patriarchal world.”

      This really is an extraordinary outcome—each of these artists has very strong feelings about a very important issue. It would have been easy for this to turn into another awkward “beauty pageant” competition for the most reprehensible modern-day problem. Instead, they recognized that every one of these modern-day problems is worthy of our reflection, and that personal friendship/collaboration is the thing to model in that effort. They didn’t rally their supporters and try to drown out one another, which seems to be the way so many leaders operate these days...

    • Interesting share and a nice show of artist solidarity. I think we all could benefit from more “good news” stories like this.