Laure Prouvost was born in Justelieu (France) in 1961, before moving to London, where she studied at Central Saint Martin’s College, then Goldsmith College. The winner of the Max Mara Art Prize in 2011 and of the Turner Prize in 2013, she now lives between London, Antwerp and a caravan in the Croatian desert.
Her work adopts the form of independent stories that intersect and answer to each other, in which fiction mixes with reality. These situations become immersive installations, inviting escapism, in a dialogue between films, sculptures, paintings, tapestries, performances or fragmentary tales, sometimes addressed directly at visitors. Generous and full of humour, her work examines the relationships between language, image and perception, placing the visitors in situations of doubt and incomprehension, but also a wonder which is both intellectual and sensorial.
The artist will represent France at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. She has had numerous solo exhibitions around the world, in particular recently: Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, 2017), Pirelli Hangar Bicocca (Milan, 2016), Fahrenheit (Los Angeles, 2016) or Haus der Kunst (Munich, 2015); but also in France at the Consortium (Dijon, 2016) and the Musée de Rochechouart (2015). Among the recent group shows she has taken part in, mention can be made of the 13th Baltic Triennial (Vilnius, 2018), “Speak” at the Serpentine Gallery (London, 2017), “Practising habits of the day” at the ICA (Singapore, 2016) or “Hybridize or Disappear” at the National Museum of Contemporary Art – Museu do Chiado (Lisbon, 2015).
Laure Prouvost is represented by the galleries Nathalie Obadia (Paris / Brussels), carlier | gebauer (Berlin) and Lisson Gallery (London / New York).