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Helen Marten wins 2016 Turner Prize

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016

Sculptor and installation artist Helen Marten has won the 2016 Turner Prize for her multimedia creation of "poetic visual puzzles".

The 30-year-old told an audience at London's Tate Britain gallery that she and the three other shortlisted artists were "deeply privileged to be sitting here today" as the arts in Britain were suffering from funding cuts and because right-wing populism had gained ground in politics.

"The very least we can do is not be passive bystanders," she told the BBC following her acceptance speech.

The gallery hailed Marten's use of "sculpture, screen printing and her own writing to produce installations that are full of references, from the contemporary to the historical, and the everyday to the enigmatic".

In her Turner Prize exhibition, "her collage-like gatherings of objects and images have a playful intent, creating poetic visual puzzles that seem to invite us into a game or riddle," it said.

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