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Katharine Stout

Tate curator Katharine Stout wrote an illustrated essay on Langlands & Bell for the catalogue for the Turner Prize exhibition of 2004, held at Tate Britain, 20 October - 23 December 2004.

Along with Kutlug Ataman, Langlands & Bell, and Yinka Shonibare, Jeremy Deller was shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2004. The jury consisted of Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate, and Chairman of the Jury, Catherine David, Director of Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Adrian Searle, Art Critic, The Guardian, Robert Taylor, Representative of the Patrons of New Art, and David Thorp, Curator, Contemporary Projects, Henry Moore Foundation. The award was, in due course, made to Deller, for “Memory Bucket, a mixed media installation at Art Pace, San Antonio, documenting his travels through the state of Texas. This continued Deller’s personal investigation of the social and cultural make-up that defines different societies.”

Ataman was shortlisted for “his poignant and incisive video installations which describe the lives of individuals, creating intimate portraits while addressing broader social concerns, as shown at the Istanbul Biennial and other European venues.” Langlands & Bell were shortlisted “For The House of Osama bin Laden, an exhibition first shown at the Imperial War Museum, London, featuring photographs, digital animations and video works made following their visit to Afghanistan, which extended their interest in buildings, their histories and how we relate to them.” Shonibare (described in the catalogue essay as considering “himself ‘truly bi-cultural’) was shortlisted “For his sculptural installations in which he continues to use African fabric to subvert conventional readings of cultural identity, as seen in his exhibition Double Dutch at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and in his solo show at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.”

All the above quotes come from the introduction to the Turner Prize catalogue, which also contained introductions - both written and visual - to these artists’ work.

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