Helen Marten: the Turner prize winner who took the art world to task

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen

After a year of extraordinary success, Marten has vowed to share her winnings and chastised the industry for its privilege

Walking, according to Helen Marten, is nothing short of an erotic experience, “like unfolding a love letter; you’re stepping in and out of intimacies, the secret bits, the dirty parts.”

For the sculptor, who this week won the highest accolade in contemporary art – the Turner prize – at the age of just 31, even the wares of a plumbing shop verge on the ecclesiastical.

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