iPhone Artist Charlotte Prodger Wins Turner Prize 2018

The artist from Glasgow, known for surveying weird identity, won the annual art award for two of her videos. One of those, Bridgit title was shooted completely on her phone and features her recording from her diaries.

Prodger said she was “ quite overwhelmed” and “very touched” to succeed. She told, “The stories that I’m telling, although they’re mine and they’re personal, are stories that a lot of people – I guess queer people – have experienced ”.

The prize caps a good year for the 44-year-old who has already chosen to constitute Scotland at 2019 Venice Biennale.  The judges said they, “ admired the painterly quality of Bridgit and the attention is paid to art history”.

The director of Tate Britain Alex Farquharson, who led the jury claiming the winning artwork “ seems to make a lot of points for a younger generation”.

He said: “It deals with gender as unfixed, as something fluid, as something not always conforming to society’s norms”.

The film Bridgit by Charlotte Prodger seizes many of the themes of modern life. In her thoughtful, poetic meditation, she inspects identity, nationhood, gender and how our subjective insights can change. All of that enfolded in one film, shot rough and prepared in fragments on an iPhone. It would have been not possible to make while the Turner Prize was first awarded in 1984. Within the scope of anybody with a handset and a story to tell.

by Haimantee Ghosh on December 5, 2018

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