Tate Liverpool unveils exhibition of nominated artists

Tate Liverpool unveils an exhibition of works by the four artists nominated for the 2022 Turner Prize: Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard, Veronica Ryan and Sin Wai Kin.

One of the world’s best-known prizes for the visual arts, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art.

The award goes to Liverpool for the first time in 15 years after helping kick off the city’s year as European Capital of Culture. The winner will be announced on December 7 at an awards ceremony at St George’s Hall in Liverpool.

HEATHER PHILLIPSON presents BREAKING NO 6: biting torch fishing, 2022. Reimagining her 2020 commission from Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries, Phillipson evokes what she calls “an unsuitable ecosystem, an insistent atmosphere”. Loaded with color, video and kinetic sculpture, and complemented by brand new audio composition, Phillipson offers his space at Tate Liverpool as alive and taking place in a parallel time zone. It’s, she says, “a whole new season.” Phillipson’s bold and varied practice often involves collisions of wildly different materials, media, and gestures in what she describes as “quantum thought experiments.”

INGRID POLLARD primarily works in photography, but also sculpture, film and sound to question our relationship with the natural world and interrogate ideas such as Britishness, race and sexuality. For the Turner Prize, Pollard presents seventeen out of sixty-eight 2018, developed from decades of research into racist representations of “the African” on pub signs, ephemera, in literature and in surrounding landscapes. Bow down and very low – 123 2021 includes a trio of kinetic sculptures using everyday objects to reference power dynamics through their gestures, while the photo series DENY: IMAGINE: ATTACK 1991 and THE SILENCE 2019 looks at the language of power, both emotional and physical.

VERONICA RYAN presents forms cast in clay and bronze; sewn and tea-stained fabrics; and bright neon crocheted fishing line pouches filled with a variety of seeds, fruit pits, and skins to reference displacement, fragmentation, and alienation. Rather than having fixed meanings, Ryan’s work is generally open to a wide variety of readings, as titles such as Multiple chats 2019-21 or along a spectrum 2021. Made during a residency at Spike Island, the forms she creates take recognizable elements and materials – such as fruit, take-out food containers, feathers or paper – and reconfigure them, exploring the ecology, history and dislocation, as well as the psychological impact of the pandemic.

SIN WAI KIN brings fantasy to life through the storytelling of performances, moving images and ephemera. Their work constructs fictional narratives to describe lived realities of desire, identification, and consciousness. For the Turner Prize, Sin presents three films, including A dream of fullness in parts 2021 in which traditional Chinese philosophy and dramaturgy intersect with contemporary drag, music and poetry; In it’s always you 2021, the artist adopts the roles of four members of the boyband, striving to assume the multiplicity of identities that transcend constructed binaries, while today’s best storiessees Sin playing the character from The Storyteller, posing as a news anchor who recites philosophical propositions about existence, consciousness, naming, and identity.

Tate Liverpool unveils exhibition of artists nominated for the 2022 Turner Prize

Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain and Co-Chair of the 2022 Turner Prize Jury, said:

“15 years after Turner Prize first ventured out of London to Liverpool, it’s fantastic to see the prize return to the city. This year’s shortlisted artists presented a visually exciting, thought-provoking and far-reaching exhibition, and I encourage art lovers across the country to come see it for themselves.

Helen Legg, Director of Tate Liverpool and Co-Chair of the 2022 Turner Prize Jury, said:

“I am delighted to unveil the work of these four exceptional artists at Tate Liverpool for this year’s Turner Prize. They are a diverse group of artists, each with a singular vision, all of whom tackle important issues our society faces today and together their work combines to create a fascinating and dynamic exhibition.

The Turner Prize was established in 1984 and is awarded annually to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work. The Turner Prize is £55,000, with £25,000 for the winner and £10,000 each for other shortlisted artists.

The 2022 Turner Prize jury members are Irene Aristizábal, Head of Curatorial and Public Practice, BALTIC; Christine Eyene, Research Fellow, School of Arts and Media, UCLan; Robert Leckie, Director, Spike Island; and Anthony Spira, Director, MK Gallery.

The Turner Prize 2022 is organized by Sarah James, Senior Curator, Tate Liverpool, and Matthew Watts, Assistant Curator, Tate Liverpool.

Next year, the Turner Prize 2023 will be hosted by Towner Eastbourne as the centerpiece of the gallery’s centenary program from September 28, 2023 to January 14, 2024.

The Turner Prize 2022 is supported by BNP Paribas with additional support from Taylor Wessing, Avanti West Coast, Mylands, Sennheiser, The John Browne Charitable Trust, The Uggla Family Foundation and Roisin and James Timpson OBE.

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