Helen Marten wins Turner Prize 2016

By Anna Savitskaya - Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Helen Marten wins Turner Prize 2016

One of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize 2016 was awarded to Helen Marten as announced at Tate Britain yesterday. The £25,000 prize was presented by author Ben Okri during a live broadcast on the BBC, the broadcast partner for the prize.

Helen Marten wins Turner Prize 2016

One of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize 2016 was awarded to Helen Marten as announced at Tate Britain yesterday. The £25,000 prize was presented by author Ben Okri during a live broadcast on the BBC, the broadcast partner for the prize.  

The jury, consisting of Michelle Cotton, Director, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; Tamsin Dillon, Curator; Beatrix Ruf, Director, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Simon Wallis, Director, The Hepworth Wakefield, and Alex Farquharson, Director, Tate Britain and the Chair of the jury, awarded the prize to Helen Marten for projects including Lunar Nibs at the 56th Venice Biennale and the solo exhibition Eucalyptus Let Us In at Green Naftali, New York. Marten's work is considered to be outstanding for its extraordinary range of materials and form. The jury also admired the work’s poetic and enigmatic qualities which reflect the complexities and challenges of being in the world today. 

The other shortlisted artists for 2016 were: Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, and Josephine Pryde, each was awarded £5,000.

The Turner Prize 2016 aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. The Prize, established in 1984 by the Patrons of New Art, is awarded to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 28 April 2016. 

Image on top: Photo of Helen Marten Photo by Juergen Teller

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Anna is a graduate of Moscow’s Photo Academy, with a previous background in intellectual property rights. In 2012 she founded the company Perspectiva Art, dealing in art consultancy, curatorship, and the coordination of exhibitions. During the bilateral year between Russia and The Netherlands in 2013, Perspectiva Art organized a tour for a Dutch artist across Russia, as well as putting together several exhibitions in the Netherlands, curated by Anna. Since October 2014, Anna has taken an active role the development and management of ArtDependence Magazine. Anna interviews curators and artists, in addition to reviewing books and events, and collaborating with museums and art fairs.

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