LUX Scotland has announced the shortlist for the 2020/21 Margaret Tait Award. The four artists shortlisted for the moving image prize are: Emilia Beatriz, Sulaïman Majali, Kimberley O’Neill, and Hardeep Pandhal.

They were selected following an open call process, and have now been invited to submit a proposal for a £15,000 commission, which will premiere at Glasgow Film Festival in 2021 and subsequently tour with LUX Scotland.

The winner will be announced on 2 March 2020 at the premiere of Ashley by Jamie Crewe, who was the recipient of the 2019/20 Award.

The shortlist includes Glasgow-based artist, organiser and beekeeper Emilia Beatriz who uses film, photography, text, sound and performance to create multi-sensory installations and situations. Their recent work re-imagines embodied histories of land, healing and resistance at the intersections of ‘care, cure and crisis’. It also focuses on ecological struggle as practices of decolonial world-building.

Artist and writer Sulaïman Majali explores the ‘spatiotemporal logics of the enduring colonial and subsequent incarcerations of histories and their futures’. They have recently exhibited at Celine Gallery, Glasgow, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge and the 8th Cairo Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt.

Kimberley O’Neill has recently exhibited at Collective Gallery, Edinburgh and Site Gallery, Sheffield. She was also Co-Programmer of AMIF 2019 with Ima-Abasi Okon and Emmie McCluskey at Tramway, Glasgow.

Finally, Glasgow-based rapping artist Hardeep Pandhal’s current work explores the ways in which societal stories and identities are subject to conflicting realities that shift over time and place. He aims to give voice to what he describes as the ‘generative space of disinheritance’, following experiences of racism, by connecting practices of associative thinking and elliptical wordplay akin to rap production.

This year’s jury includes: Sarah Forrest (2017/18 Award recipient); Myriam Mouflih (Africa in Motion and Transmission Gallery); Helen Nisbet (Curator and Artistic Director, Art Night); Morgan Quaintance (artist); Sean Greenhorn (Creative Scotland) and Kitty Anderson (LUX Scotland, chair).

Previous recipients of the Margaret Tait Award are: Alberta Whittle, Sarah Forrest, Kate Davis, Duncan Marquiss, Charlotte Prodger, Rachel Maclean, Anne-Marie Copestake and Torsten Lauschmann.

1. Hardeep Pandhal, Paranoid Picnic The Phantom BAME, 2018. Courtesy: the artist
2. Emilia Beatriz, a forecast, a haunting, a crossing, a visitation, (3-channel video and still), 2019. Courtesy: the artist
3. Sulaïman Majali, cyphers in the dream (video still), 2019. Courtesy: the artist
4. Kimberley O’Neill, Rerouting, 2019. Courtesy: the artist

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