A Restoration (2018)
Elizabeth Price, winner of the Turner Prize, is known for her densely layered video and sound works combining appropriated imagery, original music and text. A Restoration introduces us to a contrary chorus of museum ‘Administrators’ who, in digital voice, describe a great collection they are sorting, ordering and interpreting from written, illustrated and photographic records. The majority of records seem to belong to Arthur Evans who excavated and then infamously reconstructed the ancient city of Knossos. In his romantic zeal Evans created a largely imaginary restoration. It becomes apparent that the administrators are beginning to share Evans’s “permissive”, creative and often revolutionary approach. As the administrators engage in a restoration (‘in satire and with love') they also create a revolutionary treatise, championing the rise of a new order from the old.
I was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1966. I grew up in Luton, Bedfordshire and attended Putteridge Comprehensive Secondary School. I studied at the Royal College of Art, London and the University of Leeds.
I create short videos which explore the social and political histories of artefacts, architectures and documents. The subject matter may sometimes be historic artworks of great cultural significance, but it is more frequently marginal or derogated things, and often pop-cultural or mass produced objects. The video narrations draw upon and satirise the administrative vernaculars of relevant public and academic institutions as well as advertising copy and other texts of private and commercial organisations.
I have exhibited in group exhibitions internationally, and have had solo exhibitions at Tate Britain, UK; The Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, USA; Chicago Institute of Art, USA; Julia Stoschek Foundation, Dusseldorf and The Baltic, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. In 2012, I was awarded the Turner Prize for her video installation THE WOOLWORTHS CHOIR OF 1979. In 2013, I won the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award with the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums, Oxford.
Alongside my work as an artist I have always taught, and in recent years have been employed at Goldsmiths College, The Royal College of Art and the Ruskin School of Art before coming to work at Kingston University's School of Art. I teach across disciplines and levels but recently have focussed particularly upon working with artists developing formally innovative PhD projects.