Prouvost, who lives and works in London and Antwerp, works in different mediums: painting, video, sound installation, film, and performative work. In her videos she mixes objects, images, fact and fiction together. The viewer becomes a kind of participant and almost dives into her haptic celebration of colour, scent, and story, animated by his/her own memory. She plays with clichés, emotions, and sensations in an often humorous way.
It, Heat, Hit (2010) is a rapid succession of images interrupted by text fragments and threatening noises. The artist’s off-screen seductive voice adds another narrative strand. Overload is part of the sensation. One of her stylistic elements is addressing the viewer in a very direct way, wanting to engage her audience almost physically, wanting them to “smell“ her work:
“My art is about blurring the boundary between fiction and reality. It is about audience – about digging deeply and, maybe, getting lost.“ She said in an interview in The Guardian in 2015.
Degrees and exhibitions:
In 2002 she received her BFA from Central Saint Martins College and in 2010 her MFA at Goldsmiths College London.
She won the famous Turner Prize in 2013 and will represent France at the 2019 Venice Biennale.
She had solo exhibitions all over the world, e.g. Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China, Whitechapel Gallery, London.
For more information: laureprouvost.com
Photo Credits: © Giorgio Benni, Courtesy Lisson Gallery