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Elizabeth Price wins Turner Prize

Date posted: 04.12.2012

Elizabeth Price has been announced as the 2012 Turner Prize winner. Price was nominated on the strength of a major solo exhibtion at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art which premiered her ambitous FLAMIN-Productions commissioned work, West Hinder.

Price was selected from a four strong shortlist which included fellow FLAMIN-supported artists Luke Fowler and Spartacus Chetwynd. Actor Jude Law presented Price with the award at London's Tate Britain last night. Accepting the prize, Price said her career would be "unimaginable" without public support for the arts and hailed the other shortlisted artists, saying they had shared "respect, camaraderie and a sense of the absurd."

Elizabeth Price creates dense and immersive video installations that bring together image, text and music in apocalyptic, phantasmagorical narratives. She uses existing bodies of historical material to generate fantasy stories, drawing upon archives of photography, film and collections of artefacts.

Commodity culture and consumerism are reccurring themes in Price's work and are acknowledged as complex and determining expressions of human lives, social relationships and our collective ideas. Price's FLAMIN-commissioned work West Hinder explores these concerns through a 'ruined cargo' - a containership of new, luxury cars, at the bottom of the sea. The vessel sank in 2002 in West Hinder, an area of the Channel which is not within the jurisdiction of any State nor covered by radar.

Her exhibition at BALTIC, entitled Here, brought together three of Price's major works: User Group Disco (2009), Choir (2011), shown for the first time in its entirety, alongside West Hinder (2012), which was commissioned through FLAMIN Prodcutions with support from Elephant Trust, the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths College.

For West Hinder, Price worked with composer and musician Brian Rietzell, who created the BAFTA nominated soundtrack for Lost in Translation.

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