Lisson Gallery

Laure Prouvost

Language – in its broadest sense – permeates the video, sound, installation and performance work of French multi-media artist Laure Prouvost. Known for her immersive and mixed-media installations that combine film and installation in humorous and idiosyncratic ways, Prouvost’s work addresses miscommunication and things getting lost in translation. Playing with language as a tool for the imagination, Prouvost is interested in confounding linear narratives and expected associations among words, images and meaning. She combines existing and imagined personal memories with artistic and literary references to create complex film installations that twist fiction and reality. At once seductive and jarring, her unique approach to filmmaking employs layered storytelling, quick cuts, montage and wordplay and is composed of a rich, almost tactile assortment of pictures, sounds, spoken and written phrases. The films are most often nestled into carefully constructed environments filled with a dizzying assortment of found objects, from sculptures, painting and drawings to signs, furniture and architectural assemblages, that are connected to the overarching narrative yet act like relics.

Laure Prouvost was born in Lille, France (1978) and is currently based in Antwerp. She received her BFA from Central St Martins, London in 2002 and studied towards her MFA at Goldsmiths College, London. She also took part in the LUX Associate Programme. Solo exhibitions include have been held at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2018); BASS Museum, Miami, FL, USA (2018); ‘They Are Waiting for You’, Performance for stage at the McGuire Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, USA (2018); SALT Galata, Istanbul, Turkey (2017); Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland (2016); Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy (2016); Museum Für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt Am Main, Frankfurt, Germany (2016); Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China (2016); Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2015); New Museum, New York, NY, USA (2014); Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico (2014); Max Mara Art Prize for Women, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK and Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2013); ‘Laure Prouvost / Adam Chodzko’ as part of ‘Schwitters in Britain’, Tate Britain, London, UK (2013); The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK (2012); and Flat Time House, London, UK. In 2011, Prouvost won the MaxMara Art Prize for Women and was the recipient of the Turner Prize in 2013. Prouvost was selected to represent France at the 58th International Art Biennial Venice in 2019.

Laure Prouvost
the wet wet wanderer, 2017
Installation view Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. Photo: Kristien Daem

Laure Prouvost
the wet wet wanderer, 2017
Installation view Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. Photo: Kristien Daem

Laure Prouvost
the wet wet wanderer, 2017
Installation view Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. Photo: Kristien Daem

Laure Prouvost
Last December on a rainy day my language escaped through the trap door and cut these shoes, 2017
Shoes, resin, acrylic paint, plastic bag relique sign: collage and varnish on wooden board Dimensions variable (see notes)

Laure Prouvost
The Smoking Image , 2015
Tapestry 290 x 424 cm

Laure Prouvost
A Way To Leak, Lick, Leek, 2016
Installation View Fahrenheit, Los Angeles

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You, 2017
mixed media installation installation view Photos by Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You, 2017
mixed media installation installation view Photos by Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You, 2017
mixed media installation installation view Photos by Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You, 2017
mixed media installation installation view Photos by Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You, 2017
mixed media installation installation view Photos by Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You, 2017
mixed media installation installation view Photos by Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You, 2017
mixed media installation installation view Photos by Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You, 2017
mixed media installation installation view Photos by Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You, 2017
mixed media installation installation view Photos by Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You, 2017
mixed media installation installation view Photos by Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You, 2017
mixed media installation installation view Photos by Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting for You, 2017
Installation view, The Bass, April 27 - September 2, 2018. Photography by Zachary Balber. Image courtesy The Bass, Miami Beach.

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting for You, 2017
Installation view, The Bass, April 27 - September 2, 2018. Photography by Zachary Balber. Image courtesy The Bass, Miami Beach.

Laure Prouvost
Portrait of the artist, 2017
Portrait by Harry Kampianne

Laure Prouvost
Sing and Drink for Trespassing, 2018
Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris Photo: Aurélien Mole, courtesy Palais de Tokyo

Laure Prouvost
Sing and Drink for Trespassing, 2018
Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris Photo: Aurélien Mole, courtesy Palais de Tokyo

Laure Prouvost
Sing and Drink for Trespassing, 2018
Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris Photo: Aurélien Mole, courtesy Palais de Tokyo

Laure Prouvost
Sing and Drink for Trespassing, 2018
Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris Photo: Aurélien Mole, courtesy Palais de Tokyo

Laure Prouvost
Sing and Drink for Trespassing, 2018
Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris Photo: Aurélien Mole, courtesy Palais de Tokyo

Laure Prouvost
Sing and Drink for Trespassing, 2018
Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris Photo: Aurélien Mole, courtesy Palais de Tokyo

Laure Prouvost
Sing and Drink for Trespassing, 2018
Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris Photo: Aurélien Mole, courtesy Palais de Tokyo

Laure Prouvost
Sing and Drink for Trespassing, 2018
Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris Photo: Aurélien Mole, courtesy Palais de Tokyo

Laure Prouvost
Sing and Drink for Trespassing, 2018
Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris Photo: Aurélien Mole, courtesy Palais de Tokyo

Laure Prouvost
Sing and Drink for Trespassing, 2018
Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris Photo: Aurélien Mole, courtesy Palais de Tokyo

Laure Prouvost
Sing and Drink for Trespassing, 2018
Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris Photo: Aurélien Mole, courtesy Palais de Tokyo

Laure Prouvost
Sing and Drink for Trespassing, 2018
Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris Photo: Aurélien Mole, courtesy Palais de Tokyo

Laure Prouvost
Sing and Drink for Trespassing, 2018
Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris Photo: Aurélien Mole, courtesy Palais de Tokyo

Laure Prouvost
Sing and Drink for Trespassing, 2018
Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris Photo: Aurélien Mole, courtesy Palais de Tokyo

Laure Prouvost
Sing and Drink for Trespassing, 2018
Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris Photo: Aurélien Mole, courtesy Palais de Tokyo

Laure Prouvost
We would be floating away from the dirty past, 2015
Installation view Haus der Kunst, Munich Photo: Wilfried Petzi

Laure Prouvost
Grand Dad's Visitor Centre , 2017
Installation view at Centre, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017. Photo: Agostino Osio

Laure Prouvost
We would be floating away from the dirty past, 2015
Installation view Haus der Kunst, Munich Photo: Wilfried Petzi

Laure Prouvost
Grand Dad's Visitor Centre , 2017
Installation view at Centre, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017. Photo: Agostino Osio

Laure Prouvost
Grand Dad's Visitor Centre , 2017
Installation view at Centre, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017. Photo: Agostino Osio

Laure Prouvost
end her Is story, 2017
Speak, Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London Photo: Mike Din

Laure Prouvost
end her Is story, 2017
Speak, Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London Photo: Mike Din

Laure Prouvost
We would be floating away from the dirty past, 2015
Installation view Haus der Kunst, Munich Photo: Wilfried Petzi

Laure Prouvost
On Our Way, 2016
Installation view, MMK Frankfurt Photo: Axel Schneider

Laure Prouvost
On Our Way, 2016
Installation view, MMK Frankfurt Photo: Axel Schneider

Laure Prouvost
On Our Way, 2016
Installation view, MMK Frankfurt Photo: Axel Schneider

Laure Prouvost
On Our Way, 2016
Installation view, MMK Frankfurt Photo: Axel Schneider

Laure Prouvost
Grand Dad's Visitor Centre, 2017
Installation view at Centre, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2017. Photo: Agostino Osio

Laure Prouvost
YOU HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE, 2016
Oil and varnish on wood 30 x 40 cm 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in

Laure Prouvost
Metal Man cleaning the floor , 2017
HD video and mixed media 205 x 80 x 85 cm 80 3/4 x 31 1/2 x 33 1/2 in 3 minutes 51 seconds

Laure Prouvost
We Will Feed You, Cooling Fountain (For Global Warming), 2018
Painted metal, pump, blown glass, plastic tubes, aircraft cable, water, and framed watercolour on paper 183 x 75.8 x 75.8 cm 72 x 29 7/8 x 29 7/8 in

Laure Prouvost
Tourist Map, Deep Travel Ink., 2018
Tapestry and found objects 225 x 286 cm 88 5/8 x 112 5/8 in

Laure Prouvost
The Hidden Paintings Grandma Improved - This Is Not A Minimalist Painting, 2018
Oil and acrylic on canvas 150 x 150 x 4 cm 59 x 59 x 1 5/8 in

Laure Prouvost
The Hidden Paintings Grandma Improved - Pushing Forward, 2018
Oil and acrylic on canvas 200 x 150 x 4 cm 78 3/4 x 59 x 1 5/8 in

Laure Prouvost
Mirror Painting - A Story of Reflection, The Volcano Grandma fell into, 2018
Glass, painted wood, painted metal 41 x 69 x 50 cm 16 1/8 x 27 1/8 x 19 5/8 in

Laure Prouvost
Metal Man, Deeper Together, Deep Travel Ink. NYC, 2018
HD video and metal sculpture in two parts 165.5 x 185 x 121 cm 65 1/8 x 72 7/8 x 47 5/8 in

Exhibitions

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    Laure Prouvost

    9 March – 14 April 2018

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