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French artist Laure Prouvost wins Britain's Turner Prize

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-12-03

French artist Laure Prouvost has won Britain's prestigious Turner Prize for contemporary art for a video installation entitled "Wantee" that is set at a mock tea party, the award’s organisers said Monday.

French artist Laure Prouvost won Britain's prestigious Turner Prize for contemporary art, the award’s organisers said Monday.

Prouvost was the suprise winner for her video installation entitled "Wantee", which is set at a mock tea party. Inspired by artist Kurt Schwitters, it offers a tribute to a fictional grandfather who Prouvost envisages as also being a conceptual artist.

"The jury thought her work was outstanding for its complex and courageous combination of images and objects in a deeply atmospheric environment," said a press release from the Tate gallery, the award's organisers.

The director of Tate Britain and the chair of the judges, Penelope Curtis, told The Guardian that the panel was moved "more deeply than they imagined they would be" by Prouvost’s work. “It was both handmade and technologically current," Curtis said.

"I'm not ready, I didn't expect it at all," Prouvost, 35, said at the ceremony.

"Thank you for adopting me, thank you for having a French one here."

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, star of the 2007 film Atonement, presented Prouvost with the £25,000 (€30,000) award at a ceremony in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. This year’s award was the first time it has been presented outside of England and is part of celebrations marking Londonderry’s status as UK City of Culture.

The sometimes controversial prize was established for younger artists in 1984 by the Tate gallery in London, in honour of 19th-century landscape painter J. M. W. Turner. It is open to any contemporary artist under the age of 50 who is living, working or was born in Britain for work they have exhibited in the last 12 months.

Prouvost was born in France but studied at Goldsmiths and Central Saint Martins in London. She has lived and worked in the British capital for a decade.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)


Date created : 2013-12-02

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