Installation artist Laure Prouvost has won this year’s Turner Prize for her piece Wantee, which takes the audience in search of her fictional grandfather, BBC reports. It was announced by actress Saoirse Ronan at a ceremony in Londonderry, the UK City of Culture 2013.
Prouvost beat humorous artist David Shrigley, painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and performance artist Tino Sehgal to take the £25,000 prize. “I’m not ready, I didn’t expect it at all,” Prouvost said on stage. “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,” she said, as her baby daughter was brought on to the stage by Ronan..
The French artist, who lives and works in Britain, thanked organisers for accepting her into the art scene.
“Thank you for adopting me, thank you for having a French one here,” said Prouvost, 35, who also won the fourth Max Mara art prize for women in 2011. The panel said the film, which played in a room styled like a tea party, was “outstanding for its complex and courageous combination of images and objects in a deeply atmospheric environment”.