FLAMIN Alumni Laure Prouvost wins the Turner Prize 2013
Date posted: 03.12.2013
Last night, London-based artist Laure Prouvost became the second FLAMIN alumnus to win the prestigious Turner Prize.
At a glittering ceremony in Londonderry, actress Saoirse Ronan presented the £25,000 prize to Prouvost for her film Wantee, a witty tribute to a fictional grandfather.
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."
Provoust was shortlisted alongside David Shrigley, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Tino Sehgal.
Wantee was commissioned to explore the lasting legacy of German artist Kurt Schwitters and first displayed at Tate Britain's Schwitters in Britain exhibition earlier this year. It was shown in an immersive installation of the imagined grandfather's house. The title comes from Schwitters' nickname for his partner inspired by her often repeated question 'Want tea?'
Provoust and FLAMIN Productions
FLAMIN Productions funds work that represents a significant leap in an artist's career. In 2010 it commissioned The Wanderer (2012), Provoust's first feature length work. A film in six chapters, The Wanderer is based on a script by Rory Macbeth who translated a Franz Kafka novella into English despite having no knowledge of German.
The Wanderer premiered at London's Rio Cinema in 2012, and individual sections were exhibited across different gallery spaces.
About the Turner Prize
The Turner Prize is awarded each year to an artist under-50 who lives and works in the UK. This is the second consecutive year that a FLAMIN Alumni artist has been given the prize. Last year it was awarded to Elizabeth Price for her solo exhibition at BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, which included a piece commissioned by FLAMIN.
About Laure Prouvost
Born in France, Laure Prouvost lives and works in London. She was awarded the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2011. In 2014 she will have a solo exhibition at the New Museum, New York.
Previous exhibitions include:
- Schwitters in Britain, Tate Britain, London (2013)
- Soundworks, ICA, London (2012)
- Tate Lightbox, Tate Britain (2010)
Provoust has screened work in film festivals internationally and won the Principal Prize at both the 56th and 57th Oberhausen Film Festivals.