Charlotte Prodger

Born 1974.
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Charlotte Prodger Biography

Born in Bournemouth, Charlotte Prodger began her studies at Goldsmiths and later The Glasgow School of Art. Moving image, writing, printed image, and sculpture are the principle components of Prodger’s practice. Now living and working in Glasgow, Prodger’s work delves into topics of queerness, landscape, language, technology and time.

Being inspired by the materiality of film and its bodily connection to photographers, much of Charlotte Prodger’s work explores the intertwined relationship between the body and technology.

In 2018, Prodger won the Turner Prize with BRIDGIT/Stoneymollan Trail, her solo show at Bergen Kunsthall (2017) featuring two single-channel videos. In Stoneymollan Trail (2015), Prodger develops a multimedia video format that can be directly associated with the artist’s personal history. The video features material from Prodger’s extensive personal archive of mini-DV cassettes, high-resolution digital film and iPhone videos, as well as screenprinted graphics. Stoneymollan Trail also plays with the geometry of 16:9 (widescreen) and 4:3 (standard) aspect ratios on a single screen, exploring the motif of the grid that appears across much of Prodger’s work. Alternating between the widescreen and the standard, the film explores the physicality of the screen and how notions of landscape, culture and even reality can be challenged through fluctuating perspectives. BRIDGIT (2016) was shot entirely on Prodger’s smart phone and explores how bodily systems are entangled with the camera and connected through a touch screen.

Prodger’s work also delves into how the commodification of queerness and queer aesthetics in popular media is leading to an infringement of queer spaces that have been historically founded on the self-determination of queer communities.

Prodger’s recent major single-channel video SaF05 (2019) was presented by Scotland

+ Venice at La Biennale di Venezia, 2019. The work also toured across seven venues in Scotland throughout 2019.

Selected solo shows include: Spike Island, Bristol; Temple Bar, Dublin (both 2015); Hollybush Gardens, London; Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf (both 2016); Sculpture Center, New York and Tramway, Glasgow (both 2017).

Selected group shows include: Holes in The Wall, Kunstalle Freiburg; Frozen Lakes, Artists Space, New York (both 2013); Annals of the Twentieth Century, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2014); British Art Show (touring); Art Now: The Weight of Data, Tate Britain, London; The Secret Life, Murray Guy, New York; An Interior That Remains an Exterior, Kunstlerhaus Gratz, Austria (all 2015); Migrating Worlds: The Art of the Moving Image in Britain, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven and Palimpsest, Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland (both 2019).

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Artist Image: Photography © Emile Holba 2018