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Luke Willis Thompson up for prestigious UK fine art prize

London-based 30-year-old New Zealand artist Luke Willis Thompson has been shortlisted for one of the world's most prestigious annual art prizes - The 2018 Turner Prize

Gallery view of Luke Willis Thompson's Autoportrait.
Photo: Andy Keate.

His work was a collaboration with a US woman who livestreamed the aftermath of her partner's fatal shooting by police. It is a 35mm film work Autoportrait, which Turner produced during a residency at Chisenhale Gallery in London last year.

The - The 2018 Turner Prize website describes Thompson’s nomination as follows:

LUKE WILLIS THOMPSON

For his solo exhibition Autoportrait at Chisenhale, London. The jury particularly noted the meditative nature of Willis Thompson’s black and white 35mm portrait of Diamond Reynolds. In this deeply affecting study of grief, the artist addresses representations of race and police violence. An homage as well as a critique of Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, the artist contrasts analogue and new media. Working in film and performance, Willis Thompson investigates the treatment of minority communities and the way objects, places and people can be imbued with violence.”

The Wireless reports here.


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