Lubaina Himid has been named the victor of the UK's prestigious Turner Prize, making history as both the oldest artist to receive the award as well as the first African woman to do so. The other nominees this year were Rosalind Nashashibi, a filmmaker known for blending documentary techniques with scripted scenes, and Andrea Büttner, whose prize show entry included a display about Simone Weil, the French philosopher and activist.
This year the Turner committee scrapped the under 50 age ceiling which was deemed ageist.
The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the victor and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists.
Works by all four finalists are on display at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull until January 7.
The members of the Turner Prize 2017 jury were Dan Fox, writer and co-editor of Frieze; Martin Herbert, art critic; Mason Leaver-Yap, Walker Art Center's Bentson Scholar of Moving Image and associate curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin; and Emily Pethick, the director of Showroom, London. She is now based in Preston, England; her work primarily addresses racial politics and the representation of black people in art. The shortlisted artists have together produced a show that offers powerful commentary on current issues, and it is brilliant to have someone whose own work has continually reflected what is going on around him presenting the award.
"The jury applauded the four nominated artists for their socially engaged and visually imaginative work", Mr. Farquharson said.
Himid repeatedly questions the historical role of portraiture, as in works such as A Fashionable Marriage 1987, recently exhibited in The Place is Here at Nottingham Contemporary (2017).
This year's shortlist was also noted for being one of the most diverse.
Sculptor, painter, and installation artist Lubaina Himid, born in erstwhile Zanzibar and based in Preston in northern England, has won the 2017 Turner Prize.
The works are joined by Anderson's dream-like tropical landscape paintings, Büttner's woodblock prints of beggars and two films by Nashashibi-a commission for the Imperial War Museum observing daily life in Gaza and Vivian's Garden, which explores the relationship between the mother-and-daughter artists in Guatemala, Elisabeth Wild and Vivian Suter. She is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire.