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Profiles: Turner Prize nominees
Artist Mark Wallinger has been named the winner of the 25,000 Turner Prize at the Tate Liverpool gallery.

State Britain was a replica of Brian Haw's one-man anti-war protest in Parliament Square, which started in 2001.


Mark Wallinger
Wallinger was nominated for an exhibition at Tate Britain which featured banners and other material used by peace protester Brian Haw during his six-year vigil outside the Houses of Parliament.

His work "evokes a heightened sense of reality that communicates an unpalatable political truth", the judges said.

Born in 1959 in Chigwell, the artist's painting Half-Brother (Exit to Nowhere - Machiavellian) was nominated for the Turner Prize 12 years ago.

He also created a sculpture of a Christ-like figure which was displayed on a plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.


Zarina Bhimji
Zarina Bhimji's terrified family fled Uganda in 1974 when she was 11 years old - after Ugandan Asians were ordered to leave the country by dictator Idi Ami - settling in Leicester.

She is nominated for an exhibition of photographs from the African nation which were shown at Haunch of Venison in Zurich and London.

Taken over an eight-year period, the judges described the images as "powerful, atmospheric and poignant", while Bhimji's promotional material said they showed the "subdued sadness" still felt by Ugandan people today.

Working across a range of media, she has also created a number of installations and a film during her career.


Nathan Coley
Coley, who was born in Glasgow in 1967, specialises in cardboard models of religious buildings, painted with stripes in a manner similar to a circus big top.

As well as working in sculptures, his material also includes photography, drawings and videos.

He is being judged on an illuminated sculpture, There Will Be No Miracles Here, which was exhibited at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute, along with works focusing on Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

Work featured as part of a British Council exhibition in Belgrade is also being considered.


Mike Nelson
The installation artist was tipped to win the Turner Prize in 2001 for work including a dusty storeroom, but lost out to Martin Creed.

He will be judged on a large-scale structure made of wood and chicken wire, known as Amnesiac Shrine, or Double coop displacement, which went on display at Matt's Gallery in London.

His creation of a photographic studio at the Frieze Art Fair has also been recognised.

Born in Loughborough 39 years ago, his works often resemble labyrinths, his "immersive installations transport the viewer to imaginary, yet plausible, worlds", the judges said.

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