October 19, 2007 - Tate Liverpool - Turner Prize 2007
October 19, 2007

Turner Prize 2007

Turner Prize 2007
19 October 2007 – 13 January 2008

Albert Dock, Liverpool,
L3 4BB, UK
+ 44 (0) 151 702 7400
Opening Hours :Daily 10.00 – 18.50

www.tate.org.uk/liverpool

Turner Prize 2007 exhibition opens today at Tate Liverpool. It features work from the four shortlisted artists Zarina Bhimji, Nathan Coley, Mike Nelson and Mark Wallinger. The winner will be decided by a jury whose members are: Michael Bracewell, writer and critic; Fiona Bradley, Director, Fruitmarket Gallery; Edinburgh; Thelma Golden, Director & Chief Curator, Studio Museum, Harlem; Miranda Sawyer, freelance broadcaster and writer and Christoph Grunenberg, Director of Tate Liverpool and Chairman of the Jury. The winner will be announced on 3 December 2007.

Zarina Bhimji presents a new series of photographs and a new film, Waiting 2007, made following her recent travels in India, Zanzibar and East Africa. The works emerge from a lengthy period of research into the countries’ discrete yet intersecting histories. However, facts and figures ultimately give way in her images to instinct and intuition, as her rigorous attention to composition, light, form and texture convey qualities of universal human emotion and existence.

Nathan Coley presents a carefully orchestrated installation that brings together works in various media. Rooted in urban and social practice, and underpinned by detailed research, Coley’s art explores the ways in which systems of social and political value can be inferred through the built environment. Meaning and intent is revealed through our physical engagement with the work to open up a range of possible readings: religious, political, as well as purely aesthetic. In addition to THERE WILL BE NO MIRACLES HERE 2006, Coley is showing new works made especially for the exhibition.

Mike Nelson presents a new, immersive Amnesiac Shrine. After a hiatus of nearly a decade the Amnesiacs, a mythical gang of bikers invented by the artist in the mid-1990s, have made a recent comeback. Here Nelson turns to them once again for their help in building AMNESIAC SHRINE or The misplacement (a futurological fable): mirrored cubes – inverted – with the reflection of an inner psyche as represented by a metaphorical landscape 2007. The materials and references used to construct it, provided by ‘flashbacks’ from the Amnesiacs, are elevated by their devotional context yet remain largely indefinable.

Mark Wallinger presents Sleeper 2004/5. The work records a live performance in which the artist, dressed in a bear suit, occupied the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. The bear, symbol of the city of Berlin, was alone in the museum for ten consecutive nights. In this meditative yet disquieting work, notions of national memory and allegory converge to continue Wallinger’s examination of the themes of identity and representation.

Supported by Arts Council England, Liverpool Culture Company, Northwest Regional Development Agency, Milligan and Tate Members. Media Sponsor: The Guardian

Director Christoph Grunenberg
Curators Simon Groom and Laurence Sillars

Image Above: (from top left): Zarina Bhimji Illegal Sleep 2007 Courtesy of the artist and Haunch of Venison, London. Nathan Coley THERE WILL BE NO MIRACLES HERE 2006 Courtesy of the artist, doggerdisher and Haunch or Venison, London.. Mike Nelson AMNESIAC SHRINE or double coop displacement 2006 Courtesy of the artist and Matts Gallery, London. Mark Wallinger Sleeper 2004-5 Tate. Presented by Tate Members

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