Tai Shani (b. 1976, London) is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in London. She was one of the joint winners of the Turner Prize in 2019, having been nominated for this prize for her participation in Glasgow International 2018, the solo exhibition DC: Semiramis at The Tetley, Leeds and the group exhibition Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance at Nottingham Contemporary and De Le Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea in the UK (all in 2018). Her practice encompasses performance, film, photography and sculptural installations, frequently structured around experimental texts. Taking inspiration from disparate histories, narratives and characters mined from forgotten sources, Shani creates dark, fantastical worlds, brimming with utopian potential. These deeply affective works often combine rich and complex monologues with arresting, saturated installations, manifesting equally disturbing and divine images in the mind of the viewer. In the artist’s own words, Shani is ‘interested in femininity, and what can be salvaged from a history of femininity, to think about ways out of where we are now’ and beyond patriarchal limits. Shani has presented her work extensively in the UK and abroad. Recent exhibitions and commissions include those at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (2019-20); CentroCentro, Madrid (2019-20); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2019); Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2017); Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2016); Serpentine Galleries, London (2016); Tate Britain, London (2016); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2015); Southbank Centre, London (2014-15); Arnolfini, Bristol (2013); Matt’s Gallery, London (2012); FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais and Loop Festival, Barcelona (2011); The Barbican, London (2011); and ICA, London (2011).