Margate (dpa) - The prestigious Turner Prize goes this year for the first time to all four nominated artists. The awards went to Helen Cammock, Tai Shani, Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Oscar Murillo.
The two women and two men had asked the jury in a letter to share the prize, as a statement of "commonality, diversity and solidarity in a time of political crisis". According to their own statements, they wanted to set an example «in an era marked by the rise of the right and the renewal of fascism».
With her request, the jury's nominees had a lot to think about, said its chairman and director Tate Britain, Alex Farquharson, at the ceremony in Margate, England on Tuesday. But it was "very much in the spirit of the work of these artists to challenge conventions, resist polarized worldviews and represent other voices".
Her work is "incompatible with the competition format, the tendency of which is to split and individualize," the artists said in a joint statement read by Cammock. The Briton was nominated for a film about the role of women at the beginning of the Northern Ireland conflict.
As a favorite, the Columbian-British artist Oscar Murillo had applied with his installations of life-sized human figures, which are grouped like a congregation in front of a partly overcast window overlooking the sea on benches.
Living in Lebanon, Lawrence Abu Hamdan used sound effects to process reminiscences of former detainees on the sounds of a Syrian torture prison in various ways.
The British artist Tai Shani created a brightly-colored feminist fantasy world titled "Beyond patriarchal limits".
The Turner Prize is the most important British award for modern art. It is named after the English painter William Turner (1775-1851) and has been awarded since 1984. He is endowed with a total of 40 000 pounds (just under 47 000 euros), the prize money divides the four artists now among themselves. The award will be organized by the London Tate Gallery. It took place this year for the first time in the coastal town of Margate.
Last year, the award went to British artist Charlotte Prodger. The 45-year-old was awarded for her short films "Bridgit" and "Stoneymollan Trail", some of which were shot with the iPhone. Among the winners are so far only two Germans: the photographer Wolfgang Tillmans (2000) and the painter Tomma Abts (2006).
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