LONDON — Ingrid Pollard, a pioneering Black female photographer, and Veronica Ryan, a Black sculptor who found widespread recognition in her 60s, are among the nominees for this year’s Turner Prize, the prestigious British visual arts award.
The four-strong shortlist was announced on Tuesday in an online news conference at Tate Liverpool, an art museum in northern England.
Heather Phillipson, who has presented several high-profile public artworks in Britain, was also nominated. In 2020, she installed “The End” in Trafalgar Square, London, a work that included a 31-foot statue of a dollop of whipped cream, with a fly on it.
The fourth artist on the list was Sin Wai Kin, a nonbinary artist born in Toronto.
Pollard, 69, who was born in Guyana before moving to Britain as a child, has been getting attention since the 1980s for her work exploring Black life, including its relationship to rural environments. Christine Eyene, an art historian and one of the judges for this year’s prize, said at the news conference that Pollard’s work, had “for decades uncovered stories and histories hidden in plain site.”