¬ Laure Prouvost
The pleasure and joy in playing with language, (mis-)translation, and (mis-)communication permeates the video, sound, installation and performance work of Laure Prouvost. “We have reached the sea but there is nothing to sea.” Living and working between different cultures and languages, Prouvost’s oeuvre challenges linear narratives and expected associations regarding words, images, and meaning. She implicates multiple characters in her practice that appear for brief moments in the videos –as well as featured “guests” in her objects and installations– and give an insight into the artist’s personal cosmos.
In reflection we rest, part of the series Metal Men and Women and reduced to the video of the otherwise metal sculpture with monitor heads, is part of this humorous and idiosyncratic universe the artist has shaped. It evokes notions of utopia, escapism, and the longing towards an ideal elsewhere that is typical for Prouvost’s oeuvre.
Metal Man and Metal Woman – In reflection we rest (2019)
2 metal sculptures (man and woman), TV screens, videos, duvet
230 x 185 x 150 cm
Courtesy of the artist and carlier|gebauer, Berlin
"Laure Prouvost lives and works between Monaco and Knokke. She practices making video, boobs, sounds and tea cups, objects and installation. Here a long list of museums and institutions. A line, interesting things, a coma, a line, a list of residencies and prizes. A selection of solo projects including: a Melting Into Another in Lisbon, an Occupied Paradise in Aalst, Deep See Blue Surrounding You in Venice and Toulouse, a Waiting Room with objects in Minneapolis, a New Museum for Grand dad in Milano, A tearoom for grand ma in Derry, a karaoke room in Brussels, a new octopus ink vodka bar for Gregor in Rotterdam, A travel agency for an Uncle in Frankfurt, a lobby for love among the artists in the Hague and Luzern... tea bags, and wet floors and tentaculees."