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'Pornographic' artist Fiona Banner back at Tate Britain

20 January 10 11:53 GMT

Artist Fiona Banner is to create an installation for Tate Britain, eight years after plastering the gallery with a description of a pornographic film.

The work, which was displayed on a billboard in pink ink, was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002.

Banner said she was now looking forward to working within the Duveen galleries' "extraordinary grandiose space".

Her new exhibit will be unveiled in the heart of Tate Britain on 28 June, where it will remain until 3 January, 2011.

Artists who have previously taken on the Duveens Commission include Eva Rothschild, who filled the galleries with a huge black sculpture.

Nude portrait

Banner's work includes text-based pieces, drawings, sculpture and sound.

Some of her most striking pieces involve vast unedited descriptions of movies, including war films and pornographic tales.

1991's Point Break was an account of the car chase in the film of the same name. The letters and lines of text gradually condensed to reflect the rising tension of the scene.

In 2007, Banner created a written word nude portrait of actress Samantha Morton. Morton then read out the text in front of a live audience.

Judith Nesbitt, chief curator at Tate Britain, said: "Fiona Banner's works arrest the eye and the mind; they are both seductive and unsettling.

"I greatly look forward to seeing her imaginative response to the spaces of Tate Britain's Duveen galleries when the work is unveiled this summer."

Banner added: "I'm looking forward to the prospect of working within the phallic pillars of this extraordinary grandiose space."

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