Anya Gallaccio nominated for the Turner Prize
On May 29, the nominations for the Turner prize were made public in London.
Along with Jake and Dinos
Doherty, and Grayson
Perry, among those nominated was
Anja Gallaccio – another woman artist whose works are part of the
collection of the Deutsche Bank. Gallaccio was born in 1963 in Paisley,
Scotland; she became known in the late eighties through her participation
in the exhibition Freeze, curated by Damien Hirst. Numerous international
solo and group exhibitions followed.
Anya Gallaccio, Ohne Titel, 2000
For her site-specific works, Anja Gallaccio uses natural
materials, fruits, flowers, water, or grass and incorporates them in her
installations. Gallaccio’s interventions often have the character of an
event, as well, because they not only appeal to the viewer’s sense of
smell or hearing, but also live from the unpredictable reactions of and
changes in the materials she uses. Thus, for a commissioned work in
2002, she filled a wing of the Tate Britain with the gigantic trunks of
felled oaks and covered the floor with a layer of liquefied sugar in an
allusion to motifs in classical British landscape painting.
Gallaccio was nominated both on the basis of this exhibition and her
one-person show at the Icon Gallery in Birmingham, in which she
“continued her innovative investigation into the relationship between
organic and traditional sculptural means.”
represented in the collection of the Deutsche Bank with photographic
works that also address the motifs of change and time. In her work
Untitled from 2000, she juxtaposes personal memory with the process
of decay undergone by friends’ passport photographs, while
Now the Leaves are Falling Fast offers a reinterpretation of a classical
theme, an allusion to the classical painting
Ophelia (1851–52) by the Pre-Raphaelite John Everett Millais, in which the
body of the lover who committed suicide after being scorned by Hamlet is
floating down a river.
The awarding of the Turner Prize, which is
endowed with £ 25,000, will take place at the end of the year in London
and will be broadcast live on Channel 4.