Established in 1984 (make as many Orwellian analogies as you wish) the Turner Prize is awarded to an artist living/working in the UK under the age of 50. Typically being French, female and a Turner Prize winner is an unlikely combination. However with fourteen out of the past 29 Turner Prize winners having studied at UAL (University of the Arts London), graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2001 with a BA in Fine Art, Laure Prouvost the Turner Prize 2013 winner usurped her heavily favoured counterparts to highlight the ever unpredictable nature of the Turner Prize.
Prouvost’s winning work includes a video installation inspired by Kurt Schwitters in an installation of her fictional grandfathers house whom is described as being a conceptual artist. The witty weaving of fact and fiction; “takes viewers to an inner world, while making reference to the streaming of images in a post-internet age.” (2013 Turner Prize Panel)
Works by the shortlisted artists for the 2013 Turner prize. Clockwise from top left: David Shrigley; Laure Prouvost; Lynette Yiadom-Boakye; Tino Sehgal. Images courtesy the artists.
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 the Schwitters’ nickname for his partner, who liked to offer him frequent tea.