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. Recent solo exhibitions include: '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 will represent France at the 58th International Art Biennial Venice in May 2019. June 2019 will see the artist's first public commission in the UK through Transport for London's Art on the Underground. 

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.

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.

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.

Laure Prouvost
Deep See Blue Surrounding You, 2019
Carpet, dome, concrete seats, video, dimensions variable

Laure Prouvost
Deep See Blue Surrounding You, 2019
Carpet, dome, concrete seats, video, dimensions variable

Laure Prouvost
Deep See Blue Surrounding You, 2019
Carpet, dome, concrete seats, video, dimensions variable

Laure Prouvost
Deep See Blue Surrounding You, 2019
Carpet, dome, concrete seats, video, dimensions variable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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
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
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

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.

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.

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

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
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
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
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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Exhibitions

  1. Laure Prouvost: DEEP TRAVEL Ink

    9 March – 14 April 2018

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