Lisson Gallery

Laure Prouvost

Language – in its broadest sense – permeates the video, sound, installation and performance work of 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 ideas becoming 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 muddy the distinction between fiction and reality. At once seductive and jarring, her approach to filmmaking employs layered storytelling, quick edits, montage and wordplay and is composed of a rich, tactile assortment of images, sounds, spoken and written phrases. The videos are often shown within immersive environments which comprise found objects, sculptures, painting and drawings, signs, furniture and architectural assemblages, that are rendered complicit within the overarching narrative of the installation. 

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. Current solo exhibitions include ‘Deep See Blue Surrounding You / Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre’ at LAM - Lille métropole, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France. Forthcoming group exhibitions include: 'Noire Lumière' at HOW Art Museum, Shanghai, China; 'Positions #6: Bodywork' at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands; and ‘MOTHER’ at Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk, Denmark. Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘Re-dit-en-un-in-learning CENTER’ at Lisson Gallery London (2020); 'Melting into one another ho hot chaud it heating dip’, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, Portugal (2020); ‘Deep See Blue Surrounding You / Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre’, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France (2020); 'AM-BIG-YOU-US LEGSICON’, M HKA - Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Belgium (2019); 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 represented France at the 58th International Art Biennial Venice, May-November 2019 and was included in ‘NIRIN,’ the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020). June 2019 saw the artist's first public commission in the UK through Transport for London's Art on the Underground.

 

Current and recent projects:

'Deep See Blue Surrounding You / Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre’, LAM - Lille métropole, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France, 2020

'Melting into one another ho hot chaud it heating dip’, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, Portugal, 2020

‘Deep See Blue Surrounding You / Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre’, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France, 2020

NIRIN’ 22nd Biennale of Sydney (curated by Brook Andrew), Sydney, Australia, 2020

 

 

The Hidden Paintings Grandma Improved - Together Ailleur

Laure Prouvost
The Hidden Paintings Grandma Improved - Together Ailleur
2019
Paint on canvas (triptych) 151 x 317 x 87.5 cm 59 3/8 x 124 3/4 x 34 3/8 in

Here we are floating in the future past

Laure Prouvost
Here we are floating in the future past
2020
Tapestry
156 x 205 x 1 cm (Approx)
61 3/8 x 80 5/8 x 3/8 in (Approx)
Edition of 3 + 1 AP

Cooling system 6 (for global warming)

Laure Prouvost
Cooling system 6 (for global warming)
2018
Glass, framed drawing, wood stick with watercolour, 220 x 100 x 100 cm (approx), 86 1/2 x 39 1/4 x 39 1/4 in (approx)

Cooling system 6 (for global warming)

Laure Prouvost
Cooling system 6 (for global warming)
2018
Glass, framed drawing, wood stick with watercolour, 220 x 100 x 100 cm (approx), 86 1/2 x 39 1/4 x 39 1/4 in (approx)

THE PERSON BEHIND WANTS TO TALK TO YOU

Laure Prouvost
THE PERSON BEHIND WANTS TO TALK TO YOU
2019
Acrylic and varnish on board, 57.1 x 37.2 x 1.8 cm, 22 3/8 x 14 5/8 x 5/8 in

IDEALLY THESE WORDS WOULD PAUSE EVERYTHING NOW

Laure Prouvost
IDEALLY THESE WORDS WOULD PAUSE EVERYTHING NOW
2019
'You are deeper than you think', Stratford station, 2019. Commissioned by Art on the Underground. Photo: Thierry Bal.

OH STAY WITH US THE PARTY HAS JUST BEGUN

Laure Prouvost
OH STAY WITH US THE PARTY HAS JUST BEGUN
2019
'You are deeper than you think', Heathrow Terminal 4 station, 2019. Commissioned by Art on the Underground. Photo: Thierry Bal.

IN GRAND MA'S DREAMS YOU WOULD STAY HERE FOREVER AND DANCE ALL NIGHT

Laure Prouvost
IN GRAND MA'S DREAMS YOU WOULD STAY HERE FOREVER AND DANCE ALL NIGHT
2019
'You are deeper than you think', Stratford station, 2019. Commissioned by Art on the Underground. Photo: Thierry Bal.

Deep See Blue Surrounding You

Laure Prouvost
Deep See Blue Surrounding You
2019
Installation view, French Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2019

Deep See Blue Surrounding You

Laure Prouvost
Deep See Blue Surrounding You
2019
Installation view, French Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2019

Deep See Blue Surrounding You

Laure Prouvost
Deep See Blue Surrounding You
2019
Installation view, French Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2019

Deep See Blue Surrounding You

Laure Prouvost
Deep See Blue Surrounding You
2019
Installation view, French Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2019

Lèche Car

Laure Prouvost
Lèche Car
2019
Tapestry, 290 x 425 cm, 114 1/8 x 167 1/4 in

They Parlaient Idéale

Laure Prouvost
They Parlaient Idéale
2019
HD Video, 28 minutes 30 seconds

They Parlaient Idéale

Laure Prouvost
They Parlaient Idéale
2019
HD Video, 28 minutes 30 seconds

Deep See Blue Surrounding you

Laure Prouvost
Deep See Blue Surrounding you
2019
Installation view, Venice Biennale 2019

Deep See Blue Surrounding you

Laure Prouvost
Deep See Blue Surrounding you
2019
Installation view, Venice Biennale 2019

Deep See Blue Surrounding you

Laure Prouvost
Deep See Blue Surrounding you
2019
Installation view, Venice Biennale 2019

Deep See Blue Surrounding you

Laure Prouvost
Deep See Blue Surrounding you
2019
Installation view, Venice Biennale 2019

Feu que, I was born to be here...

Laure Prouvost
Feu que, I was born to be here...
2019
Tapestry, wool, sea weed, sea shells, metal, plastic, egg shells, aluminium foil, led lights, wood, resin, earth, dried grass, mirror and video projection, 250 x 945 cm, 98 3/8 x 372 in, ed. of 3 + 1 ap

Feu que, I was born to be here...

Laure Prouvost
Feu que, I was born to be here...
2019
Tapestry, wool, sea weed, sea shells, metal, plastic, egg shells, aluminium foil, led lights, wood, resin, earth, dried grass, mirror and video projection, 250 x 945 cm, 98 3/8 x 372 in, ed. of 3 + 1 ap

Feu que, I was born to be here...

Laure Prouvost
Feu que, I was born to be here...
2019
Tapestry, wool, sea weed, sea shells, metal, plastic, egg shells, aluminium foil, led lights, wood, resin, earth, dried grass, mirror and video projection, 250 x 945 cm, 98 3/8 x 372 in, ed. of 3 + 1 ap

AM-BIG-YOU-US LEGSICON

Laure Prouvost
AM-BIG-YOU-US LEGSICON
2019
Installation view at M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp Photo: CLINCKX, courtesy M HKA

AM-BIG-YOU-US LEGSICON

Laure Prouvost
AM-BIG-YOU-US LEGSICON
2019
Installation view at M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp Photo: CLINCKX, courtesy M HKA

AM-BIG-YOU-US LEGSICON

Laure Prouvost
AM-BIG-YOU-US LEGSICON
2019
Installation view at M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp Photo: CLINCKX, courtesy M HKA

AM-BIG-YOU-US LEGSICON

Laure Prouvost
AM-BIG-YOU-US LEGSICON
2019
Installation view at M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp Photo: CLINCKX, courtesy M HKA

AM-BIG-YOU-US LEGSICON

Laure Prouvost
AM-BIG-YOU-US LEGSICON
2019
Installation view at M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp Photo: CLINCKX, courtesy M HKA

AM-BIG-YOU-US LEGSICON

Laure Prouvost
AM-BIG-YOU-US LEGSICON
2019
Installation view at M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp Photo: CLINCKX, courtesy M HKA

Portrait of the artist

Laure Prouvost
Portrait of the artist
2017
Portrait by Harry Kampianne

Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing

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

Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing

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

Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing

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

Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing

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

Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing

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

Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing

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

Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing

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

Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing

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

Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing

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

Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing

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

Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing

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

Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing

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

Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing

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

Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing

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

Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing

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

Tourist Map, Deep Travel Ink.

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

We Will Feed You, Cooling Fountain (For Global Warming)

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

The Hidden Paintings Grandma Improved - This Is Not A Minimalist Painting

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

Mirror Painting - A Story of Reflection, The Volcano Grandma fell into

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

Metal Man, Deeper Together, Deep Travel Ink. NYC

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

They Are Waiting for You

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

They Are Waiting for You

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

Grand Dad's Visitor Centre

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

Grand Dad's Visitor Centre

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

Grand Dad's Visitor Centre

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

end her Is story

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

end her Is story

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

We would be floating away from the dirty past

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

We would be floating away from the dirty past

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

We would be floating away from the dirty past

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

On Our Way

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

On Our Way

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

On Our Way

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

On Our Way

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

Grand Dad's Visitor Centre

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

Metal Man cleaning the floor

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

YOU HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE

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

the wet wet wanderer

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

the wet wet wanderer

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

the wet wet wanderer

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

A Way To Leak, Lick, Leek

Laure Prouvost
A Way To Leak, Lick, Leek
2016
Installation view, A Way to Leak, Lick, Leek, Fahrenheit, Los Angeles, 31 January - 9 April 2016, Commissioned and produced by France Los Angeles Exchange (FLAX). Photography by Jeff McLane.

They Are Waiting For You

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You
2017
Installation view, They Are Waiting for You, Walker Art Center, 12 October 2017- 11 February 2018, Image courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photography by Gene Pittman.

They Are Waiting For You

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You
2017
Installation view, They Are Waiting for You, Walker Art Center, 12 October 2017- 11 February 2018, Image courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photography by Gene Pittman.

They Are Waiting For You

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You
2017
Installation view, They Are Waiting for You, Walker Art Center, 12 October 2017- 11 February 2018, Image courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photography by Gene Pittman.

They Are Waiting For You

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You
2017
Installation view, They Are Waiting for You, Walker Art Center, 12 October 2017- 11 February 2018, Image courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photography by Gene Pittman.

They Are Waiting For You

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You
2017
Installation view, They Are Waiting for You, Walker Art Center, 12 October 2017- 11 February 2018, Image courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photography by Gene Pittman.

They Are Waiting For You

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You
2017
Installation view, They Are Waiting for You, Walker Art Center, 12 October 2017- 11 February 2018, Image courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photography by Gene Pittman.

They Are Waiting For You

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You
2017
Installation view, They Are Waiting for You, Walker Art Center, 12 October 2017- 11 February 2018, Image courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photography by Gene Pittman.

They Are Waiting For You

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You
2017
Installation view, They Are Waiting for You, Walker Art Center, 12 October 2017- 11 February 2018, Image courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photography by Gene Pittman.

They Are Waiting For You

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You
2017
Installation view, They Are Waiting for You, Walker Art Center, 12 October 2017- 11 February 2018, Image courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photography by Gene Pittman.

They Are Waiting For You

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You
2017
Installation view, They Are Waiting for You, Walker Art Center, 12 October 2017- 11 February 2018, Image courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photography by Gene Pittman.

They Are Waiting For You

Laure Prouvost
They Are Waiting For You
2017
Installation view, They Are Waiting for You, Walker Art Center, 12 October 2017- 11 February 2018, Image courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Photography by Gene Pittman.

Melted Teapots,

Laure Prouvost
Melted Teapots,
2018
Painted ceramic and wood, 40 x 70 x 15 cm

Melted Teapots,

Laure Prouvost
Melted Teapots,
2018
Painted ceramic and wood, 40 x 70 x 15 cm

Exhibitions

  1. Laure Prouvost: Re-dit-en-un-in-learning CENTER

    Laure Prouvost: Re-dit-en-un-in-learning C...

    6 October – 4 November 2020

  2. Horizon

    Horizon

    6 October – 31 October 2020

  3. Laure Prouvost: DEEP TRAVEL Ink

    Laure Prouvost: DEEP TRAVEL Ink

    9 March – 14 April 2018

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