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Charlotte Prodger Wins 2018 Turner Prize

Charlotte Prodger has been named the winner of the 2018 Turner Prize, Britain’s highest honor. The forty-four-year-old Glasgow-based artist, known for producing moving-image works with technology ranging from iPhones to old camcorders, was presented with the $31,800 award by the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at a ceremony at Tate Britain this evening. Prodger was selected from a shortlist of three other artists, Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Luke Willis Thompson, who will each receive $6,300.

Prodger was recognized for her her solo exhibition “BRIDGIT / Stoneymollen Trail,” which was staged at the Bergen Kunsthall in Norway last year. BRIDGIT, 2016, a thirty-three-minute film shot entirely on Prodger’s iPhone, is currently on view at Tate Britain until January 6, 2019. The piece moves from footage from inside the artist’s home to various locations across the Scottish Highlands and mixes together background noise, such as the sounds of birds and machinery; excerpts from literary works; disparate stories about JD Sports and Jimi Hendrix’s sound recordist; and personal anecdotes.

“If traditional forms of autobiography seek to endow the subject with consistency by organizing the messiness of life into a coherent narrative, BRIDGIT takes a different tack, opting for a fragmented dispersal across institutional interpellations, altered states of consciousness, and the individual proclivity to fashion one’s own existence,” Erika Balsom wrote in the October 2018 issue of Artforum

Chaired by Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain, the jury comprised Oliver Basciano, art critic and international editor at ArtReview; Elena Filipovic, director of Kunsthalle Basel; Lisa Le Feuvre, executive director of the Holt-Smithson Foundation; and Tom McCarthy, novelist and visiting professor at the Royal College of Art.

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