A brief introduction to one of the nominees for the 2012 Turner Prize

  • Elizabeth Price User Group Disco, 2009
    Elizabeth Price, User Group Disco 2009

Nominated for
Her solo exhibition at BALTIC, Gateshead.

Who she is
Bradford-born Price began working in sculpture in the late 1980s, moving into video in recent years. Her video installations, narrated only by on-screen messages, use existing archives of imagery, text and music to explore our relationship with the material world.

What they say
‘One moment didactic, then cryptic, then exclamatory… Price’s videos veer from critical meditation on the politics of art, the history of modernity and the corrupt logic of taxonomy, into passages of apocalyptic, hallucinated exuberance.’  JJ Charlesworth, Art Review

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Elizabeth Price will be discussing her work as part of a series of Turner Prize talks.


Original, compelling, disturbing - some of the descriptors that come to mind after watching Elizabeth Price's Turner Prize exhibition work. I though that the work was technically outstanding, and the connections between one scene and the next were subtle but evident, so that the final scenes had a feeling of awful inevitability about them. The sound track provided a crucial narrative accompanying the text.

I did have one concern, and that was about whether Price had sought permission from the relatives of the ten who died in the fire. I think that there is a significant ethical issue here, and the lack of any credits at the end of the work (or accompanying it) leave this unclear. It could be argued that the film footage used had been shown on news media and was in the public domain, but I feel strongly that appropriating such footage for artistic use in a timescale when there are direct living relatives requires their permission.