British sculptor

Veronica Ryan,

66, received this Wednesday the

Turner Prize,

the most prestigious contemporary art prize in the

United Kingdom,

for two projects in which she honors Caribbean immigrants from the 1950s and 1960s, and explores the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a ceremony held in




the artist, born on the island of


a British overseas territory southeast of

Puerto Rico,

was announced as the winner of the award, endowed with 25,000 pounds (29,000 euros).

The jury valued the "personal and poetic way in which he extends the language of sculpture", and praised his mastery of space, color and scale.

The first of the awarded works is a sculptural group located in a street in the London neighborhood of


Three pieces of bronze and marble represent an



breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis)

and a


three tropical fruits common in the Caribbean and American regions.

She was also recognized for

Along A Spectrum,

a proposal with which she explores the personal perceptions and narratives that emerged during the pandemic.

Ryan "is interested in psychology and migration, loss, trauma, movement, nutrition. There's a lot in there about mother-daughter relationships," said

Tate Liverpool gallery director Helen Legg.

"All these threads seem to be interconnected in her work. It's very difficult to explain what Veronica Ryan's work is about because it encompasses so many things, it's about all of them together," Legg added.

The Liverpool Modern Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition until March with the works of Ryan and the other three Turner finalists:

Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard and Sin Wai Kin.

According to the criteria of The Trust Project

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