The Turner Prize 2019: Winner announced

The winner for this year’s Turner Prize has been announced this week, and the result is shocking.

In a never-before-seen announcement on the 3rd of December, the four nominees banded together and asked the judges to let them share the art award.

The quartet of artists stated that awarding the coveted prize to a single nominee would undermine their individual artistic efforts, and that forming a collective would be a symbolic and artistic gesture.

The four joint winners – Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo, Tai Shani and Lawrence Abu Hamdan – have each received a split prize of £10,000.

Helen Cammock was born in Staffordshire in 1970 and works in London and Brighton. She’s a gifted artist and has been nominated for her solo exhibition “The Long Note” at Void in 2018. The Long Note is a short film that examines the overlooked role of women in the civil rights movement in Northern Island during the late sixties.

Collective Conscience
Oscar Murillo’s “Collective Conscience”

Oscar Murillo was born in Columbia in 1986 and has been nominated for several works including “Collective Conscience”, “Violent Amnesia” and his participation in the 10th Berlin Biennale. For Murillo, the Turner Prize is a fantastic opportunity to reflect the political and socio-economic movements in the UK.

Tai Shani works with performance, film, photography and sculpture to create art inspired by a myriad of mythologies and fictions. Shani has presented a new instillation during the Turner Prize exhibition known as “DC: Semiramis”, a four-year project that will anticipate many modern ideas of feminism, though she is also nominated for her participation in the Glasgow International during 2018.

Tai Shani
Tai Shani’s “DC:Semiramis”

Lawrence Abu Hamdan creates audio and video instillation that explore the relationships between sound, language and truth. His exhibition consists of three of his works set in a pitch-black room based on research exploring ear-witness testimony. Abu Hamdan gathered these testimonies and audio from his exploits investigating Saydnaya, a Syrian regime prison.

The joint win of all nominees during this year’s Turner Prize has created a new debate for discussion; is it right to crown a single winner in an art competition, when the idea of just getting nominated is a victory in itself?

Only time will tell how this will affect the world of art in the future.