The 2013 Turner Prize goes to French artist and filmmaker Laure Prouvost. She will receive an award of nearly $41,000, while runners up Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye will each win just over $8,000. First established in 1984, the Turner Prize is open to artists under the age of 50 who were born in the United Kingdom or who currently live or work there.
The winners were selected based on work from the previous 12 months. The 35-year-old Prouvost was nominated for two pieces: her video Wantee, which was featured in the exhibition “Schwitters in Britain” at Tate Britain earlier this year, and a two-part installation, Farfromwords, which the artist created during her residency as the winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, and which appeared at London’s Whitechapel Gallery last spring.
In a statement, the jury praised Prouvost for her innovative work, which uses “film in a completely contemporary way,” and “takes viewers to an inner world, while making reference to the streaming of images in a post-internet age.”
This year’s Turner Prize exhibition and award ceremony was held in Northern Ireland, the first time the prize has been presented outside of England. The exhibition of all the finalists’ work is on view in Building 80/81, Ebrington in Derry-Londonderry (through Jan. 5, 2014).
Penelope Curtis, director of Tate Britain, chaired the 2013 jury. The other members were Annie Fletcher, curator of exhibitions, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Susanne Gaensheimer, director of the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt; Declan Long, writer and lecturer at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin; and Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery, London.