Laure Prouvost overlays spoken fantastical narratives onto commonplace objects, the pace, whimsy and charm of which often contradict the images she presents.
Laure’s videos are at once dense and light, as playful as they are demanding. Revising many of the concerns that typified 1970s structural film, she explores the relationships between language and image and artist and spectator as they have knotted and frayed in the internet age. Many of the stories and events in Laure's video pieces begin by charming the viewer with magically innocent, poetic scenarios. Typically the whole thing progresses towards an unpleasant and unsightly mess as the narrative unravels and plunges us into sinister conclusions we could never have dreamed of.
Her work has been exhibited at the Tate Britain, London, Whitechapel Gallery, London, CCA, Glasgow, Portikus, Frankfurt, and the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow. She has screened work in film festivals internationally and won the Principal Prize in both the 56th and 57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. In 2013, Laure was awarded the Turner Prize for her piece Wantee (2013) and the Max Mara Art Prize for Women with exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery, London, and Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy. Laure has upcoming exhibitions at Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Fahrenheit, Los Angeles, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin.