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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 Chapman, Willie 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.”

Gallaccio is 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.