Laure Prouvost (France, b. 1978; lives and works in Antwerp) produces absorbing moving image and sound installations in which she conflates reality with fiction and art with everyday life. Prouvost’s environments often confound expectations through a rapid-fire succession of sound and image. Narrated in the artist’s soft, seductive voice, they are interspersed with spoken and written instructions that directly address the viewer. Combining painting, sculpture, and found objects alongside her projected images, Prouvost lures the viewer-turned-participant into an abstracted, preverbal state of consciousness from which to rediscover the joy of learning language, words, and meanings.
In conjunction with her new gallery installation, Prouvost will create a theatrical performance work commissioned by the Walker that draws on similar thematic elements. Joining Prouvost on- and offstage will be choreographer Pierre Droulers and artist Sam Belinfante.
In 2013 Prouvost won the Turner Prize for her installation Wantee, co-commissioned by Grizedale Arts and Tate Britain for the Tate’s Schwitters in Britain show that year.
Curators: Victoria Sung with Gwyneth Shanks
Walker Art Center: October 12, 2017–February 11, 2018
The Bass, Miami Beach, Florida: April 27–September 2, 2018