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Who would’ve thought a French artist who examines our relationship with the past using ‘Instagram-esque’ tech would win the Turner prize? Not many.

Laure Prouvost, 35, a French artist who studied in London, was the rank outsider from a 2013 shortlist that included: Tino Seghal and David Shrigley.

And no one was more shocked than Prouvost (who was visibly taken aback) when her name was read out.

Penelope Curtis, Tate Britain director and chair of the judges, said the panel was drawn into Prouvost’s work “more deeply than they imagined they would be”.

Prouvost was shortlisted for a piece first shown as part of a Kurt Schwitters exhibition at Tate Britain. Prouvost was intrigued by the artist’s partner, Edith Thomas, nicknamed Wantee because of her habit of asking “want tea?”.

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