Mélanie Matranga Pockets Frieze Artist Award 2014

Mélanie Matranga Courtesy Frieze Foundation
Mélanie Matranga Courtesy Frieze Foundation

The British art world can’t get enough of French women, it seems. Hot on the heels of Laure Prouvost’s triumph, winning the last Turner Prize, Mélanie Matranga (b.1985) has just been announced as the inaugural winner of the 2014 Frieze Artist Award.

On top of an artist’s fee and research budget of up to £5,000, the Paris-based artist will received £10,000 for the production of her new piece, which will involve online videos, and the design of a café for the fair.

The first French artist to be awarded the prize (formerly sponsored by Cartier, and later by the Emdash Foundation), Matranga’s project was selected from over 1,000 applications.

The selection committee this year was composed of Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen (Director, gta Exhibitions), Nicola Lees (Curator, Frieze Projects) and Hilary Lloyd (artist).


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