Laure Prouvost’s work challenges our perceptions of the everyday, employing a wide range of materials to explore the outer reaches of language and memory. In her immersive and sensuous assemblages, Prouvost combines films, objects and phrases to create carefully constructed environments which pull the viewer into an ideal elsewhere - somewhere in the space between fiction and reality. Her merging of imaginary personal memories with artistic and literary references creates works which are at once seductive, witty and inviting. Prouvost was recipient of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2011, and the Turner Prize in 2013. She represented France in the 58th International Venice Biennale in 2019.

Prouvost’s sign paintings are compelling representations of her signature narrative voice. The pieces, which each denote a different written phrase, act as playful invitations for the viewer to step into the artist's constructed reality. In IDEALLY THE WALLS WOULD MOVE TOWARDS YOU and THIS SIGN WONDERS WHAT YOU ARE DOING HERE, Prouvost gives the paintings personalities of their own, which are used to address the viewer directly, initiating a conversation between the artwork and the audience.

Laure Prouvost (b. 1978) Lives and works in Antwerp

Laure Prouvost’s work challenges our perceptions of the everyday, employing a wide range of materials to explore the outer reaches of language and memory. In her immersive and sensuous assemblages, Prouvost combines films, objects and phrases to create carefully constructed environments which pull the viewer into an ideal elsewhere -...
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