Turner Prize Triumph for Laure Prouvost
French artist receives £25,000 prize money for her video piece entitled 'Wantee'
The Turner Prize 2013 has been awarded to French-born Laure Prouvost, one of four artists in the running for the £25,000 prize money. The announcement was made at Ebrington in Derry~Londonderry, where the Turner Prize is on show until January 5.
The Turner Prize is this year a partnership between the UK City of Culture 2013 and the Tate, and also features work by Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
The jury thought that Provoust's video work was outstanding for its 'complex and courageous combination of images and objects in a deeply atmospheric environment'. Building on personal memory, it weaves together fact, fiction, art history and modern technology.
Using film in a completely contemporary way, Provoust takes viewers to an inner world, while making reference to the streaming of images in a post-Internet age. The jury found her installation 'Wantee' unexpectedly moving, developing far beyond its original association with the Schwitters exhibition at the Tate.
The £25,000 prize was presented by the celebrated young Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, who received Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nominations for her role in the 2007 film Atonement.
This year’s prize is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 to each of the shortlisted artists. The event was broadcast live on Channel 4 as part of a special half-hour programme.
Held outside England for the first time, Turner Prize 2013 is staged at Ebrington, in a newly converted building on the site of a former military barracks, and runs until January 5, 2014.