Latifa Echakhch wins 2013 Marcel Duchamp Prize


French-Moroccan artist Latifa Echakhch has won this year’s Marcel Duchamp Prize for artists working in France. In addition to receiving roughly $48,000 in prize money, Echakhch will have a solo exhibition with a budget of about $41,000 at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. The award was announced on Oct. 26 at the Paris art fair Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC).

Born in Morocco in 1974, Echakhch is of French descent and has lived in France since the age of three. She is known for her sculptural installations, which explore themes of nationality, religion and history in her work. Earlier this year, Los Angeles’s Hammer Museum presented À chaque stencil une révolution (For each stencil a revolution), an installation that transformed the museum’s lobby and stairway by draping it in bright indigo fabric. Echakch’s show at the Pompidou will be on view for three months in the fall of 2014.

This is the 13th edition of the prize, which has previously gone to such artists as Thomas Hirschhorn and Cyprien Gaillard. The cash award and exhibition funding is provided by the Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF).

An international jury led by Alfred Pacquement, director of Centre Pompidou’s Musée National d’art Moderne, selected Echakhch from a shortlist that also included painter Farah Atassi, the collective Claire Fontaine and mixed-media artist Raphaël Zarka. The other jury members were Bernhard Mendes, director of Switzerland’s Basel Kunstmuseum; Gilles Fuchs, ADIAF president; Akemi Shirha of the Marcel Duchamp Association; Poul Erik Tøjner, director of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark; and collectors Giovanni Springmeier and Sylvie Winckler.