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Turner Prize 2007

Date posted: 17.05.2007

Artist film-maker and previous LAFVA awardee Zarina Bhimji is one of four artists short listed for this year’s Turner Prize.

The four artists nominated for the annual award are Zarina Bhimji, Nathan Coley, Mike Nelson and Mark Wallinger.

Bhimji, who was born in Uganda, has been nominated for an exhibition of photographs from her ongoing series 'Love' (1998 - 2006), which were shown at Haunch of Venison in Zurich and London.

The photographs were taken in Uganda as part of the research project that also led to her internationally acclaimed LAFVA-funded film Out of Blue.

Out of Blue which received funding through LAFVA in 2002, has been shown in high profile exhibitions including; Documenta 11 (2002); Art Now at Tate Britain (2003) and British Art Show 6 (2005-2006).

Zarina Bhimji works across a wide range of media including installation, photography, film and sound. Her photographs are records of absence which allude to loss and the passage of time on a universal level. Depicting empty landscapes and deserted buildings they tell of large-scale betrayal, love, grief, violence and spirituality with great tenderness and an atmosphere of subdued sadness.

Although the starting point for Bhimji is thorough research, the resulting works are at a distance from specific historical facts. Rather than interpreting or documenting history, the emphasis is on creating new images from which different ways of seeing and understanding can emerge.

Investigations into official records, legal documents and personal narratives are undertaken but left behind in an attempt to instead make sense through the medium of aesthetics. Working intuitively, Bhimji approaches the landscape through concerns such as composition, colour, light and texture to create carefully constructed, intensely beautiful and poetically resonant images.

Zarina Bhimji is currently working on a new film commission taking as its starting point the trade and immigration routes across the Indian Ocean between India and Africa.

The Turner Prize 2007 exhibition will open at Tate Liverpool on 19 October 2007 and run until 13 January 2008. The winner will be announced on 3 December 2007.

Visit the Tate website for more information on Turner Prize 2007.

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