Laure Prouvost (France, b. 1978; lives and works in Antwerp) produces absorbing moving image and sound installations in which she conflates reality with fiction and art with everyday life. Prouvost’s environments often confound expectations through a rapid-fire succession of sound and image. Narrated in the artist’s soft, seductive voice, they are interspersed with spoken and written instructions that directly address the viewer. Combining painting, sculpture, and found objects alongside her projected images, Prouvost lures the viewer-turned-participant into an abstracted, preverbal state of consciousness from which to rediscover the joy of learning language, words, and meanings.
Defiant of traditional narrative structures, Prouvost’s works integrate multiple stories and grapple with both literary and art-historical conversations. Her installation Wantee, for instance, which earned her the 2013 Turner Prize, fittingly exhibits these traits: within a tea party setting, the artist’s film charts a bizarre course through the relationship of artist Kurt Schwitters and Prouvost’s grandfather. The work is noted for its unconventional combination of images and objects as well as its transportive atmosphere. This style is indeed evinced throughout Prouvost’s work, as she continuously unhinges preconceptions about the functionality of language, objects, and images, be it through a barrage of fast-paced moving pictures or a Duchampian peephole installation. Prouvost has exhibited at the Tate Britain in London, Whitechapel Gallery in London, the New Museum in New York, the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, and the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow, among other insitutions. In addition to her 2013 win for the Turner Prize, Prouvost is the recipient of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Prouvost has been selected by the Institut Francais to represent France at the next Venice Biennale, scheduled to run from 11 May to 24 November 2019.