Jesse Darling triumphs at Turner Prize 2023

Jesse Darling emerged victorious at the Turner Prize 2023, as announced by Tinie Tempah during a ceremony at Eastbourne’s Winter Garden on the evening of December 5, 2023. The multidisciplinary artist, renowned for traversing sculpture, installation, video, drawing, sound, text and performance, crafts intricate pieces that challenge the conventional roles of everyday technologies and consumer goods.

Darling’s recent solo exhibits, ‘No Medals, No Ribbons’ at Modern Art Oxford and ‘Enclosures’ at Camden Art Centre, delved into the human essence of devices and materials, personifying them in their representation of the body. By juxtaposing industrial materials like sheet metal and welded steel within domestic settings, Darling sheds light on life’s fragility and our inherent vulnerability.

The Turner Prize 2023 jury, featuring Martin Clark, Cédric Fauq, Melanie Keen, and Helen Nisbet, led by Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain, declared Darling the winner. The decision followed a competitive shortlist that included Ghislaine Leung, Rory Pilgrim, and Barbara Walker. The artists’ works will be on display until April 14, 2024, at the Turner Prize 2023 exhibition at Towner Eastbourne, curated by Noelle Collins, marking a prelude to the prize’s 40th anniversary next year.

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