French-born Prouvost has become the 29th artist to be given the prestigious prize, this year awarded for her video about a made-up grandfather inspired by Kurt Schwitters
Prouvost, shortlisted for a film installation inspired by the artist Kurt Schwitters, was awarded the £25,000 prize this evening in Derry~Londonderry.
The 35-year-old artist, who was born in France and lives in London, was nominated for Wantee, a video offering a witty tribute to a fictional grandfather. A new mum, the artist gave thanks as she accepted the award on stage alongside her new-born baby, adding that: ‘I hope my granddad is hearing us now.’
Displayed at Tate Britain’s Schwitters in Britain exhibition earlier this year – shown in an immersive installation of the grandfather’s dated house – the work was commissioned to explore the lasting legacy of the German artist. Wantee was Schwitters’s nickname for his partner, who liked to offer him frequent tea.
The jury, chaired by the Director of Tate Britain, Penelope Curtis, said that Prouvost’s work was ‘unexpectedly moving’ and praised its ‘complex and courageous combination of images and objects in a deeply atmospheric environment.’
The panel added: ‘Building on personal memory, it [Wantee] weaves together fact, fiction, art history and modern technology. Using film in a completely contemporary way, Prouvost takes viewers to an inner world, while making reference to the streaming of images in a post-internet age.’
The Turner Prize is awarded each year to an artist under fifty who lives and works in the UK. Alongside Prouvost on this year’s shortlist were David Shrigley, another artist whose varied work is laced with humour; Tino Sehgal, a performance artist whose work was seen in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall last year, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a 28 year-old oil painter. The three shortlisted artists are each awarded £5,000.
The work of all four shortlisted artists is currently on display in Ebrington in Derry~Londonderry, this year’s UK City of Culture, in a move from the Turner Prize exhibition’s usual home at Tate Britain. This is the first time that the Turner Prize exhibition has been displayed outside England, following a shift to Liverpool in 2008 and to Gateshead in 2011.
This year also marks the first time that two women have been awarded the prize in consecutive years, following Elizabeth Price in 2012.
Prouvost is the 29th artist to win the Turner Prize, set up in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art. Now widely agreed to be one of the most prestigious events on Europe’s visual arts calendar, it has become known for its role in provoking debate around art.
This year’s prize was awarded by the Oscar-nominated actress, Saoirse Ronan, screened in a live broadcast by Channel 4.
The Turner Prize 2013 is on display in Ebrington, Derry~Londonderry, until 5 January 2014.