LONDON – A group that hosts raves for gay, transgender and queer people of color and an association of artists with neurological disorders are among the five art collectives shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize.
It is the first time the UK Art Awards shortlist has been made entirely of group entries without a single painter, photographer or filmmaker in the running. The nominees were announced on Friday.
Cooking Sections, a pair of activists whose work examines the role of food in people’s lives, is perhaps the most iconic name on the shortlist. You have held an exhibition at Tate Britain in London and have shown work at this year’s Shanghai Biennale and Manifesta Biennale 2018 in Palermo, Italy.
The UK gallery closings last year affected the shortlist, Tate Britain director and chairman of the judges said Alex Farquharson in a telephone interview. “It was clear there was so little to see at the locks,” he said.
Because of this, “the judges took the opportunity to think about long-term art practices and really a place, rather than art that can be moved,” he added. These judges were also drawn to politically and socially engaged art, which often involved representing minority groups, Farquharson added.
The 2021 winner will not be the first agenda-oriented collective to receive the award. In 2015, Assemble, an architecture and design group, triumphed with a project to renovate derelict houses in a working-class neighborhood in Liverpool, England. In 2019, the four shortlisted artists – including Oscar Murillo, the Colombian-born artist who was once dubbed “the new Basquiat” – refused to be judged and formed a temporary syndicate to allow them to Could share price between them.
Some British critics have accused the Turner Prize of focusing on politics over aesthetics in recent years. Waldemar Januszczak, art critic at The Sunday Times of London, wrote on Twitter that the selection of 2021 proved “what a trend-hungry and undemocratic solution it has become”.
An exhibition with works by the five selected collectives will take place from September 29th to January 12th at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry, England. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Coventry on December 1st.
The winner will receive £ 25,000, approximately $ 34,800, and the unsuccessful collectives will receive £ 10,000 each.