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Laure Prouvost

Laure Prouvost’s artistic output consistently returns to themes of escape into unfamiliar worlds or imaginings of unexpected alternative environments. A strong narrative impulse propels her practice, resulting in immersive, trans-medial installations with interwoven story lines that combine fiction and reality. Her videos, installations, paintings and tapestries unhinge commonplace and expected connections between language, image, and perception. Stepping away from traditional linear narratives, the artist crafts sensual environments laden with playful mistranslation that open a space for the viewer to grapple with the unstable relationship between imagination and reality. The elasticity of the written word comprises a central element of Prouvost’s practice, stating: “Words for me are very visually powerful, because with words people create their own vision.  I am just hinting and suggesting possibilities, the audience is making its own image in its head.  It is also about misunderstanding, misinterpreting, miscommunicating - words also suggesting failure and other senses.”

Laure Prouvost (b.1978, France) lives and works in London and Antwerp. After winning the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2011, she was the first French artist to win the prestigious Turner Prize in 2013. Recent, current and upcoming exhibitions include Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Glasstress, Venice. Selected solo exhibitions include SALT Galata, Istanbul; The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London; New Museum, New York; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern; Le Consortium Dijon, Dijon; MMK, Frankfurt-am-Main; Hangar Bicocca, Milan; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Fahrenheit, Los Angeles; Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart; Tate Britain, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; CCA, Glasgow; and the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow.

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end her Is story , 2017; Installation view 
 Speak , Serpentine Sackler Gallery; Image © readsreads.info

end her Is story, 2017; Installation view
Speak, Serpentine Sackler Gallery; Image © readsreads.info

the wet wet wanderer , exhibition view at Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2017 
Photo: Aad Hoogendoorn

the wet wet wanderer, exhibition view at Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2017
Photo: Aad Hoogendoorn

AND SHE WILL SAY: HI HER, AILLEURS, TO HIGHER GROUNDS…  
exhibition view at Kunstmuseum Luzern, 2016. Photo : Marc Latzel

AND SHE WILL SAY: HI HER, AILLEURS, TO HIGHER GROUNDS…
exhibition view at Kunstmuseum Luzern, 2016. Photo : Marc Latzel

GDM – Grand Dad’s Visitor Center , exhibition view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2016 
Photo: Agostino Osio

GDM – Grand Dad’s Visitor Center, exhibition view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2016
Photo: Agostino Osio

Relique - This what i found shining in the distance deep 
down in the tunnel of his history , 2016 
ceramics, Oil, collage and varnish on board 
sign: 21 x 26,5 cm | ceramics: 5 cm (each)

Relique - This what i found shining in the distance deep
down in the tunnel of his history
, 2016
ceramics, Oil, collage and varnish on board
sign: 21 x 26,5 cm | ceramics: 5 cm (each)

This dirty fig kissed many small boobs , 2016 
oil on wood panel, plinth and fig, 21 x 26 x 2 cm

This dirty fig kissed many small boobs, 2016
oil on wood panel, plinth and fig, 21 x 26 x 2 cm

Behind the lobby doors, the pepper is in the right eye , 2016 
tapestry, 290 x 545 cm

Behind the lobby doors, the pepper is in the right eye, 2016
tapestry, 290 x 545 cm

ALL BEHIND, WE’LL GO DEEPER, DEEP DOWN AND SHE WILL SAY:, 2016  
exhibition view at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany 
photo: Axel Schneider

ALL BEHIND, WE’LL GO DEEPER, DEEP DOWN AND SHE WILL SAY:, 2016
exhibition view at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany
photo: Axel Schneider

ALL BEHIND, WE’LL GO DEEPER, DEEP DOWN AND SHE WILL SAY:, 2016  
exhibition view at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany 
photo: Axel Schneider

ALL BEHIND, WE’LL GO DEEPER, DEEP DOWN AND SHE WILL SAY:, 2016
exhibition view at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany
photo: Axel Schneider

ALL BEHIND, WE’LL GO DEEPER, DEEP DOWN AND SHE WILL SAY:, 2016  
exhibition view at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany 
photo: Axel Schneider

ALL BEHIND, WE’LL GO DEEPER, DEEP DOWN AND SHE WILL SAY:, 2016
exhibition view at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany
photo: Axel Schneider

The TV mantel piece , 2016 
Tapestry, shelf, ceramics, TV screen , teabags, knife, acrylic, paintings and stone 
140 x 238 x 20 cm

The TV mantel piece, 2016
Tapestry, shelf, ceramics, TV screen , teabags, knife, acrylic, paintings and stone
140 x 238 x 20 cm

DROPPED HERE AND THEN, TO LIVE, LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND  
exhibition view at Le Consortium, Dijon, France

DROPPED HERE AND THEN, TO LIVE, LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND
exhibition view at Le Consortium, Dijon, France

A Way to Leak, Lick, Leek , 2016, installation view, Vinyl tiles, resin, various electronic items, paper sheeting, iPads, iPhones, tablet screens, foliage, metal, plastic, wood, cables, polyester seats. Commission: Fahrenheit by FLAX. (Background)  Lick in the Past , 2016, video, duration 8:23 min

A Way to Leak, Lick, Leek, 2016, installation view, Vinyl tiles, resin, various electronic items, paper sheeting, iPads, iPhones, tablet screens, foliage, metal, plastic, wood, cables, polyester seats. Commission: Fahrenheit by FLAX. (Background) Lick in the Past, 2016, video, duration 8:23 min

Lick in the past, 2016, HD video, 8 min 25

C’est l’est not ouest , 2016, mixed media, variable dimensions 
exhibition view at State of Concept, Athens, 2016

C’est l’est not ouest, 2016, mixed media, variable dimensions
exhibition view at State of Concept, Athens, 2016

We would be floating away from the dirty past , 2015 
exhibition view Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany. Photo: Wilfried Petzi, 2015

We would be floating away from the dirty past, 2015
exhibition view Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany. Photo: Wilfried Petzi, 2015

Grandad’s Library , Stained pine, books, glass

Grandad’s Library, Stained pine, books, glass

Diner Party , 2015, tapestry, wooden frame, 264 x 855 cm

Diner Party, 2015, tapestry, wooden frame, 264 x 855 cm

Into all that is here , 2015, digital video, 9 minutes 41 seconds

Into all that is here, 2015, digital video, 9 minutes 41 seconds

Into all that is here, 2015, digital video, 9 minutes 41 seconds

Step Branch , 2015, Mixed media

Step Branch, 2015, Mixed media

Beak Branch , 2015, Mixed media

Beak Branch, 2015, Mixed media

We Will Go Far , Exhibition view at Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, 2015

We Will Go Far, Exhibition view at Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, 2015

We Will Go Far , installation view at Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015

We Will Go Far, installation view at Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015

We Will Go Far, 2015, digital video, 8.40 mins

IDEALLY SOME BIG SHELF WITH BEAUTIFUL BOOKS BE HERE , 2015, Oil, collage and varnish on board, 11,8 x 15,7 cm

IDEALLY SOME BIG SHELF WITH BEAUTIFUL BOOKS BE HERE, 2015, Oil, collage and varnish on board, 11,8 x 15,7 cm

IDEALLY SOME FRESH BREEZE WOULD BE FELT HERE , 2015, oil, collage and varnish on board, 11,8 x 15,7 cm

IDEALLY SOME FRESH BREEZE WOULD BE FELT HERE, 2015, oil, collage and varnish on board, 11,8 x 15,7 cm

As Grandma Prayed For Grandad to Come Back This Cup Levitated For A Few Seconds , 2014, collage and varnish on board, 21 x 26 x 2 cm

As Grandma Prayed For Grandad to Come Back This Cup Levitated For A Few Seconds, 2014, collage and varnish on board, 21 x 26 x 2 cm

Reliques This Was Found , 2013, Canvas and sign, 21 x 26 x 2 cm

Reliques This Was Found, 2013, Canvas and sign, 21 x 26 x 2 cm

Stong Sory Bred , 2010, video and bread, 2.48min

Stong Sory Bred, 2010, video and bread, 2.48min

It Heat Hit , 2010, digital video, 7.22 min

It Heat Hit, 2010, digital video, 7.22 min

The Artist , 2010, digital video, 10 min 10 sec

The Artist, 2010, digital video, 10 min 10 sec