LONDON Laure Prouvost is the latest winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women.


The French-born, London-based Prouvost, whose work encompasses film, performance, and installation, was awarded a six-month residency in Italy to create new work.


The biannual prize from Max Mara — in collaboration with London’s Whitechapel Gallery — was announced at a reception at the Italian Embassy in London on Tuesday night. The prize is for female artists based in the U.K.


“Prouvost’s gripping short films and intriguing environments unhinge the connection between language and comprehension,” said Iwona Blazwick, chairwoman of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women and director of London’s Whitechapel Gallery. “It will be of immense interest to see how the literary, cinematic and visual cultures of Italy will impact her work.”


The artist, a graduate of Central Saint Martins, will spend the first part of her residency at the British School in Rome, and the second part at the Pistoletto Foundation in Biella, in northern Italy.


The work Prouvost produces during her Italian residency will be exhibited in the Whitechapel gallery in 2013 and at the Maramotti Collection in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The Maramotti family are the founders and owners of Max Mara.

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