In April, they were the four nominees for the Turner Prize. Eight months later and they were the four winners. For its 35th edition, the prestigious British prize didn’t go to just one lucky winner but to all four of the finalists, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Tai Shani and Oscar Murillo. Announced on Tuesday December 3rd, this decision came after an explicit request made by the artists that the prize go to all four of them as a collective.
While the nominees, currently showing their personal installations at the Turner Contemporary museum in the town of Margate, didn’t know each other before, meeting through their nominations spurred them on to join together, as a response to a particularly tense atmosphere currently shaking the UK. “At this time of political crisis in Britain and much of the world, when there is already so much that divides and isolates people and communities, we feel strongly motivated to use the occasion of the Prize to make a collective statement in the name of commonality, multiplicity and solidarity - in art as in society,” explained the four artists, each of whose individual practice is a reflection of their commitment
A declaration in the shape of a manifesto that the jury agreed to honour, touched by this symbolic approach that marks the history of the prize, first established in 1984. The four winners will thus receive the total sum of £40,000 to share between them instead of the £25,000 that usually goes to one winner and £5,000 to each of the three runners up. Their exhibition will remain on display at the Turner Contemporary until January 12th 2020.