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Updated: Jul 28, 2020

Fijian-New Zealand artist Luke Willis Thompson is one of four artists shortlisted for the Turner Prize, the UK’s most prestigious visual art award.

Luke Willis Thompson, 'Autoportrait 2017', installation view, Chisenhale Gallery, London, (commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery and produced in partnership with Create.), photo: Andy Keate. Image courtesy the artist, Hopkinson Mossman, Nagel Draxler, Cologne

He has been nominated for his installation Autoportrait 2017, a 35mm silent black and white film. It profiles Diamond Reynolds, who in 2016 live-streamed the aftermath of the fatal shooting of her partner, Philando Castile, when he was shot by police during a routine traffic stop in Minnesota.

Since it was first exhibited at Chisenhale Gallery in London, Autoportrait has been shown at Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland, and the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, and in June 2018 it will be included in the Berlin Biennale. The Turner Prize exhibition will open at Tate Britain in September and the winner of the prize will be announced in December.

First published ArtZone #74


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