Helen Marten has received the Turner Prize, and has stated she intends to share the £25,000 award together with her fellow nominees.
The 31-year-old, the youngest of the shortlisted artists, was introduced because the winner at Tate Britain in London.
The celebrated prize is awarded to a British artist, beneath the age of 50, thought of to have placed on one of the best exhibition of the previous yr.
It’s the second main prize within the area of a month for Marten, who additionally received the inaugural Hepworth Prize.
The painter and sculptor introduced in her speech as she received the Hepworth Prize on 17 November that she meant to share the £30,000 cash together with her 4 fellow nominees, as a result of she believes “the hierarchical place of artwork prizes at the moment is to a sure extent flawed”.
She informed the BBC she additionally deliberate to share the Turner Prize – however felt she may solely make such a public proclamation as soon as.
“That is one thing that may occur far more discreetly between the 4 of us,” added Marten.
Accepting her prize from poet Ben Okri, Marten stated she “wasn’t anticipating” to win and that she couldn’t consider “a extra good and thrilling shortlist of artists to be a part of”.
Marten, who’s from Macclesfield however now lives in London, confronted competitors from Anthea Hamilton, Michael Dean and Josephine Pryde for the Turner Prize, the purpose of which is to “promote public debate round new developments in modern artwork”.
Marten was nominated for tasks together with Lunar Nibs on the 56th Venice Biennale and her solo exhibition Eucalyptus Let Us In at Greene Naftali in New York.
Talking on the ceremony, she stated: “Our world outlook is changing into ever extra precarious and from the stripping of arts and artistic writing programmes in faculties syllabuses to the ever prominence of alt-right teams gaining a really seen and scary political platform for a xenophobic, homophobic and racist outlook on the world.
“I believe as artists at the moment and as folks on this setting, we’re deeply, deeply privileged to be sitting right here, with a group whose lifeblood is a kind of variety and enthusiasm.”
The runners-up every obtain £5,000 prize cash.
Addressing the ceremony, Sir Nicholas Serota, outgoing director of the Tate galleries, stated: “The power of the Turner Prize is that encourages us to consider the world in new methods.
“At a time when there are fears that we within the UK could also be changing into extra insular and extra inward-looking as a nation, the Turner Prize reminds us that artwork opens us to new concepts.
“We have to encourage such openness in a society that faces many challenges.”
He burdened arts and humanities have to play a central position within the UK training system and shouldn’t be “pushed to the margin”, including the humanities had been “a part of our DNA as a nation”.
Marten’s installations proven on the Tate as a part of the Turner Prize exhibition, which runs till January, included works comprised of cotton buds, marbles, snooker chalk and bicycle chains.
The Tate stated that “her collage-like gatherings of objects and pictures have a playful intent, creating poetic visible puzzles that appear to ask us right into a recreation or riddle”.
The jury stated her work “is excellent for its extraordinary vary of supplies and kind” and that they admired its “poetic and enigmatic qualities which replicate the complexities and challenges of being on the earth at the moment”.
They added that Marten is “making an distinctive contribution to the persevering with growth of up to date visible artwork”.
‘World in flux’
The prize’s jury was chaired by Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain.
He informed the BBC Marten had been chosen as her work has “unbelievable virtuosity”.
“She’s like a form of poet with regards to utilizing supplies, photos and located objects,” stated Farquharson. “The work is endlessly intriguing.
“It by no means settles at one which means – it is very, very open-ended and has a number of narratives. It suggests a world in flux.”
Farquharson stated it had been a “very sturdy exhibition” however famous that Marten’s work was “amazingly crafted”, and confirmed “how visible photos, not simply phrases, will be made to indicate, to imply issues”.
“It would not current you with a straightforward, easy, static view of itself,” he added. “The work is like studying very wealthy, very fulfilling, very elusive, fairly enigmatic poetry reasonably than a really clear report on what occurred in a newspaper.
“I believe the factor is to get pleasure from it for its visible qualities, its bodily qualities, and get misplaced within the recreation of which means and video games of composition that it presents up.”
Evaluation by Will Gompertz, BBC arts editor
For somebody who says she would like her work to do the speaking, Helen Marten is spending quite a lot of time within the limelight.
Final month she made nationwide information because the winner of the inaugural Hepworth Prize for sculpture, to which she has now added one of many world’s highest profile artwork accolades, the Turner Prize.
At 31 years previous, she was the youngest artist on the shortlist – and, additionally, probably the most tough to fathom by way of her work.
Her hybrid sculptures, made out of supplies each discovered and fabricated, kind a fancy tableau of concepts and associations. They’re poetic puzzles that query which means and assumption, and require an nearly archaeological mind-set to resolve.
She needs to jolt you, provoke you; throw you off steadiness.
The opposite nominees had been:
- Anthea Hamilton, who lives and works in London, and was shortlisted for her Lichen! Libido! Chastity! exhibition at SculptureCenter, New York. The Tate stated her sculpture, set up, efficiency and video carry “a surrealist sensibility to common tradition” and “seduce the viewer with comedian and sudden combos of photos, supplies and phrases”.
- Josephine Pryde, whose work focuses on the assembly level between artwork and images. Tate stated it examined the thought of “artwork as commodity and of the seductive qualities of the broader artwork world”, including that she “calls into query the conventions of the gallery”. The artist, from Alnwick, Northumberland, was nominated for her solo exhibition Lapses in Considering by the Particular person I’m at CCA Wattis in San Francisco.
- Michael Dean, from Newcastle, who was nominated for sculptures and installations comprised of “aesthetically neglected supplies” like salvaged corrugated metallic from a store shutter. The Tate stated his work, seen at South London Gallery and de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam, is “involved with the bodily presentation of language”.
The ceremony was broadcast dwell on the BBC Information Channel and BBC World and is now available online.