Turner Prize in Derry sets heads scratching

By Grainne McCool

ON October 23, the prestigious Turner Prize exhibition was opened for the first time in 29 years outside of England, in Derry/Londonderry.

The exhibition is being staged at Ebrington, in partnership with the Tate, in a newly converted building on the site of a former military barracks and runs until January 5 2014.

The winner of the prize will be announced at an awards ceremony at Ebrington on Monday 2 December and be broadcast live to the public on Channel 4.

This year’s shortlist includes a naked man relieving himself into a tin can, and a blank gallery. Both are raising many questions with critics, the local public and further afield. These are set up against a film about an elderly man who attempted to dig a tunnel from Cumbria to Africa and a series of large scale portraits of fictional figures.

Rory Harron. Curator of the No Jury No Prize art exhibition currently showing at the London Street Gallery in Derry told the Irish World: “This year’s Turner Prize consists of figurative paintings, an installation, a life drawing class and even a conversation. This year’s list is notable for its inclusion of work which incorporates audience participation.

“As usual, the artists work has confused many while also raising important questions of what is art. I believe all the work is art, as art today is anything, everything and nothing. But only the artists, critics, curators, collectors and viewers of the art world can designate it as art. As a result, it is imperative upon people to have the belief and confidence to in turn produce their own art.”

Local photographer Simon Fallaha believes that “the whole exhibition is about formulating a stimulating discussion, filling one’s head with ideas, and improving one’s way of thinking. It’s a remarkable idea – Brain Training without imagery.”

For the full article, see this week’s Irish World newspaper (issue 2 Nov 2013).



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