One progressive collective and three solo artists have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize.
The prize, given annually to an artist who is either British or working in Britain, is one of the most prestigious in the art world. Last year the accolade went to Lubaina Himid, the first woman of color to win, while in the past the prize has spurred the ascendancy of recipients such as Damien Hirst, Chris Ofili, and Wolfgang Tillmans. This year, The Guardian writes that the nominees include Forensic Architecture, a multidisciplinary 16-strong research firm committed to social justice, which made a splash at last year’s Documenta in Kassel, Germany. There, the group presented a video work based on an investigation into a series of xenophobic murders by a far-right terrorist organization that occurred between 2000 and 2011. Forensic Architecture is the odds-on favorite to win, with the betting house William Hill naming them the 13/8 favorite to take home the prize. Other nominees include artists Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompson, all of whom were recognized for work that is either outwardly or subtly political in nature. All those shortlisted will shown at Tate Britain from September to January, and the winner, who will also receive a £25,000 award, will be announced in December.