Tuesday 15 October 2019

Time for a tea party as French artist takes prize

Michael McHugh

French digital artist Laure Prouvost has won this year's Turner Prize, the prestigious British award for contemporary art.

The video installation called Wantee was set in a mocked-up tea party by the London-based artist.

The award, which earns the winner €30,000, was presented by actress Saoirse Ronan at a ceremony in Derry, the first UK City of Culture.

It is the first time the world-famous exhibition has been staged outside of England.

Prouvost (35), who combines digital imagery for the "Instagram generation" with atmospheric installations, said: "Thank you for adopting me, for having a French one. I feel adopted by the UK."

Four artists – Prouvost, Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye – were in contention for the award.

Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded to a contemporary artist under 50, living, working or born in Britain.

Prouvost said her work referenced how the current generation consume media.

Irish Independent

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