Central Saint Martins graduate Laure Prouvost is the winner of the 2013 Turner Prize.
Laure, who graduated from CSM in 2001 with a BA in Fine Art, received the prize at a reception held in Derry, Northern Ireland. The ceremony was broadcast by Channel 4 and can be watched online here.
Welcoming the news, Alex Schady, Course Leader of BA Fine Art at CSM, said:
“It’s really exciting to hear that Laure Prouvost has been awarded the Turner Prize. The work has a quirky use of humour and combines complex narratives with a strong sense of storytelling to produce a body of work that is both surprising and unpredictable. She is a very deserving winner and I’m delighted that her work is receiving such positive public attention.”
Laure is known for telling stories through films and installations, and wins the prize for the work Wantee, which takes the audience in search of her fictional grandfather. The panel commented that the piece is “outstanding for its complex and courageous combination of images and objects in a deeply atmospheric environment.”
Accepting the award Laure said: “I’m not ready, I didn’t expect it at all. Four incredible artists here with me and the show. I thought ‘It can’t be me,’ – I was sure it was not me.”
Lois Rowe, Programme Director of Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Arts, also welcomed the news of Laure’s success. “Laure Prouvost is a very strong candidate for the Turner Prize 2013,” she said. “There is a real generosity and openness in the narratives she creates and her use of language and approach to situating objects is incredibly imaginative. She is an exemplary artist for students to follow and seems to be a clear winner for the prize this year.”
The shortlist included another CSM graduate – Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, who completed Foundation Art and Design in 1997. Lois added:
“It’s wonderful to see Lynette nominated not only as a gestural painter, but more significantly for the repositioning of black identity within the European model of portrait painting. Her fictional characters are extraordinary as they are both familiar and unsettling. In her own modest way Yiadom-Boakye is boldly questioning the cannon of portrait painting.”
The prize was awarded by a jury made up of Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain, Annie Fletcher, Director of MMK Museum fur Moderne Kinst in Frankfurt/Main, Susanne Gaensheimer, Director of Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art, Declan Long, writer and lecturer, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery.
The Turner Prize exhibition is now on at Building 80/81 in Ebrington, Derry, until 5 January 2014 – more details here.
Fourteen out of 29 Turner Prize winners have studied at UAL.
Installation view of Wantee
Courtesy of the artist and Tate Photography: Lucy Dawkins
Copyright the artist
Tate Photography: Lucy Dawkins