The Turner Prize nominated artist Charlotte Prodger has been announced as Scotland’s representative at the 58th Venice Biennale. Known for her moving image, sculpture, writing and performance, for Scotland + Venice she will create a single channel video work.

The commission will be developed during a series of research and production residencies at Cove Park, a residency centre located on the Rosneath peninsula. Supported by her production consultant Mason Leaver-Yap, she will continue her ongoing exploration of ‘queer wilderness’.

Commenting on the commission, Prodger said: “Growing up in the rural, agricultural environment of Aberdeenshire as a young person, I understand landscape and queerness as inherently linked. And, as someone who identifies as queer, I’m excited by the fluid borders of identity – especially the perceived edges of gender and geography. The productive crux of this new work is precisely where all these things come into contact with one another.”

Aside from being nominated for this year’s Turner Prize, the Glasgow-based artist is a previous winner of the Margaret Tait Award, and was last year shortlisted for the Jarman Award. Her show at Venice will be curated by Linsey Young with Cove Park.

Young commented: “It is a great honour to have the opportunity to commission Charlotte Prodger to represent Scotland at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale de Venezia. I am particularly thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Charlotte, Alexia Holt and the team at Cove Park alongside Mason Leaver-Yap to share Charlotte’s work within the unique context of the Biennale.”

Prodger was selected to represent Scotland by a panel that included: Amanda Catto, head of visual arts at Creative Scotland and chair of the Scotland+Venice partnership; Simon Groom, (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art); Helen Legg (director Spike Island), Tessa Giblin (director, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh) and Gemma Hollington (director of exhibitions, British Council).

Previous artists who have represented Scotland at Venice Biennale include: Rachel Maclean, Graham Fagen, Duncan Campbell, Hayley Tompkins and Corin Sworn, Karla Black, and Martin Boyce.

Charlotte Prodger’s presentation at the 58th Venice Biennale will run 11 May – 24 November 2019

1. Charlotte Prodger, still from BRIDGIT, 2016. Single channel video with sound, 32 minutes. Photo: Thor Brodreskift; Courtesy: the artist, Koppe Astner, Glasgow, and Hollybush Gardens, London
2. Charlotte Prodger. Photo: Casey O’Connell; Courtesy: Film London Jarman Award

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