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Charlotte Prodger. Photo: Emile Holba.

Charlotte Prodger to Represent Scotland at 2019 Venice Biennale

The Glasgow-based artist Charlotte Prodger, who has worked primarily in video for the last two decades, was selected to represent Scotland at the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, which opens on May 11, 2019. Linsey Young, a curator at the British Council in London, will curate the pavilion in collaboration with the residency program Cove Park, which is located on the Rosneath peninsula.

Prodger’s works encompass moving image, sound, sculpture, performance, and writing, and often explore the tension between language and material, as well as the relationship between place, time, and identity. According to Creative Scotland, the public body that funds arts organizations across the country, Prodger will create a new single-channel video for the biennial that will build on her exploration of “queer wilderness.”

Commenting on the project, Prodger said: “Having grown up in the rural, agricultural environment of Aberdeenshire, I understand landscape and queerness as inherently linked. And, as someone who identifies as queer, I’m excited by the fluid borders of identity—especially the perceived edges of gender and geography. The productive crux of this new work is precisely where all these things come into contact with one another.”

Prodger was also nominated for the Turner Prize earlier this year. She was recognized for her solo exhibition “BRIDGIT/Stoneymollan Trail” (2017), which was presented by the Bergen Kunsthall in Norway. The show featured two single-channel video works. Filmed with Prodger’s iPhone, BRIDGIT, 2016, is the artist’s most personal work to date. It is a biographical piece that consists of footage of the interior of her home mixed with scenes from various locations in the Scottish Highlands. Prodger then added a voice-over that mixes personal anecdotes, diary entries, and excerpts from literary works.

For Stoneymollan Trail, 2015, Prodger wove together various modes of footage from her own archive of MiniDV tapes shot between 1999 and 2004 to create a personal essay about how we struggle with the materials that inundate our daily lives. It is also a meditation on memory, subjectivity, and desire. The name of the piece references a hiking trail outside of Glasgow.

Prodger won the Margaret Tait Award in 2014, was shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2017, and won the Paul Hamlyn Award that same year. Recent exhibitions of her work include “Charlotte Prodger: Subtotal” at SculptureCenter in New York (2017); “BRIDGIT” at Hollybush Gardens in London (2016); “Stoneymollan Trail” at Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin (2016); and “8004-8019” at Spike Island in Bristol (2015).

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