Professor Elizabeth Price

London-based artist Elizabeth Price (British, b. 1966) creates richly multi-layered narrative moving image works made specifically for gallery environments. Often beginning with research undertaken in archives and museum collections, Price draws on varying references, such as architectural sites, social and political histories, as well as and the language of advertising copy. Composed of collaged imagery – analogue and digital photography, animation, and motion graphics – Price’s works almost always include scrolling text, sometimes read out loud by a narrator’s computerised voice set against a musical background. Through the artist’s choice of composition, archival footage is brought into conversation with digitally rendered imagery, blurring the boundary between historical fact and fiction, real and imagined narratives. Editing plays a key role in Price’s practice, and her arresting works are widely regarded for the interplay of the visual and aural – the rapid succession of imagery combined with layered soundtracks.

A RESTORATION 2016, 2 channel digital video. Courtesy the artist.

In 2012 Price was awarded the Turner Prize for her solo exhibition ‘HERE’ at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. The same year she also won the Paul Hamlin Award for artists. In 2013 she was awarded the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award, a commission prize which enable her to make a work for the collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She was featured in the British Art Show 2011, and has since had solo presentations at Bloomberg International and Chisenhale Gallery London; The New Museum, New York; Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf; The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm; Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland, the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal and the Neuer Berliner Kunstverien, Berlin.

Forthcoming she will be presenting major solo exhibitions at ISAW, New York and the Chicago Institute of Art in 2017; The Walker, Minneapolis; Nottingham Contemporary; Berlin Natural History Museum in 2018 and a major survey show at the Whitworth Manchester in 2019.