|French artist Laure Prouvost wins Britain's Turner prize
French artist Laure Prouvost on Monday won Britain's Turner prize for contemporary art for her video installation set among a mock-tea party setting, it was announced at a ceremony in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
“The jury thought her work was outstanding for its complex and courageous combination of images and objects in a deeply atmospheric environment,'' said an official press release from Tate, the award's partners.
Young Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, who starred in 2007 film Atonement, presented Prouvost, 35, the US$40,000 award for her work, entitled “Wantee.’’
“I'm not ready, I didn't expect it at all,'' said the surprise winner.
“Four incredible artists here with me and the show. I thought it can't be me, I was sure it was not me. So thank you everybody.
“Thank you for adopting me, for having a French one, I feel adopted by the UK,'' she added.
“I've been here half my life. My boyfriend is half British and my daughter is both. It was really this country that let me grow.''—AFP