Jesse Darling wins Turner Prize

(London) British artist Jesse Darling won the Turner Prize, a prestigious contemporary art award, on Tuesday evening for his installations evoking “societal rupture”.

Jesse Darling, 41 years old and now based in Berlin, was selected for his exhibitions No Medals, No Ribbons at Oxford and Enclosures at the Camden Art Center in London.

The award was presented to him by rapper Tinie Tempah in Eastbourne.

The jury praised its use of common materials and objects such as concrete or metal barriers, to evoke a world that is both “familiar” and “delirious”, explained the organizers in a press release.

“Evoking societal ruptures, his work disrupts the perception of notions such as work, social classes, the British side and power,” according to the text.

The prize was won last year by British sculptor Veronica Ryan for two works that paid tribute to the “Windrush generation” and addressed the COVID-19 pandemic.

Created in 1984, the Turner Prize, named in tribute to the painter William Turner, is renowned for its non-conformism and familiar with controversies.

It has notably rewarded artists such as Gilbert & George, Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, Antony Gormley, Chris Ofili, Steve McQueen and Damien Hirst.

The winner takes home £25,000 ($43,000), with the other finalists receiving £10,000 ($17,000) each.

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