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Over-50s shortlisted for UK art's edgy Turner Prize

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 20:13

[LONDON]Two artists aged over 50 were nominated Wednesday for this year's Turner Prize, after the age limits were lifted for Britain's most prestigious yet controversial visual art award.

Lubaina Himid, 62, and Hurvin Anderson, 52, were joined by 45-year-old Andrea Buettner and Rosalind Nashashibi, 43, on the shortlist announced at the Tate Britain gallery in London.

First presented in 1984, the award set an upper age limit of 50 in 1991 but the rule was lifted this year to recognise that artists can peak at any age, the prize jury said.

This year's nominees mark a return to more traditional art forms.

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British painter Anderson's vibrant works use still-life, landscape and portraiture to explore themes of community and identity. He draws upon his Jamaican heritage and references the visibility of the black community, with work such as "Is It Okay To Be Black?".

Zanzibar-born Himid makes paintings, prints and installations which celebrate black creativity, referencing the slave trade and colonial legacies. Her work includes paintings done on pages of The Guardian newspaper.

Palestinian-English artist Nashashibi works primarily in 60-millimetre film. She drew on domestic life in the Gaza Strip for her piece "Electrical Gaza" and examines the issues of protocols and borders.

German artist Buettner works in woodcuts, prints, sculpture and video. She has transcribed the finger smudges on her smartphone screen into colourful etchings, worked with nuns and used the fabric of labourers' jackets to explore ideas of shame and vulnerability.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony on December 5.

AFP

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