Hackney artwork commemorating Windrush shortlisted for Turner prize

Veronica Ryan with her Turner-nominated works

Veronica Ryan with her Turner-nominated works - Credit: LDRS

An artwork commemorating the Windrush generation is amongst sculptures shortlisted for the prestigious Turner prize.

Veronica Ryan’s marble and bronze sculptures of custard apple, breadfruit and soursop can be found by St Augustine’s on the Narrow Way in Hackney Central.

They are part of her work which has been singled out in the nomination, along with her solo exhibition in Bristol.

The Windrush work was commissioned by Hackney Council “as a permanent symbol of honour, respect and commitment to the Windrush Generations, their legacy and contribution to life in Hackney”.

The Windrush Generation is the community of people from Commonwealth countries invited to rebuild Britain after the Second World War. 

Organisers of the Turner Prize said Veronica Ryan uses “containers, compartments, and combinations of natural and fabricated forms to reference displacement, fragmentation and alienation”.

Speaking at the Windrush sculpture’s launch in October Victoria said:  “I used to come shopping with my mum in the Ridley Road market. It’s about fruit and veg that’s part of the local community, the local diet.

“I chose this particular group because I liked the textures, I wanted them to be interesting to engage with, they are not the same surface textures as well.”
She said it was designed for people to touch it, and encouraged Hackney residents to sit on the statues.

Other nominees are Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard and Sin Wai Kin.
The winner will be announced in Liverpool in December and an exhibition of their work will be on display at Tate Liverpool from October to March next year.

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