Laure Prouvost: They Are Waiting for You
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Laure Prouvost: They Are Waiting for You

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

  • Laure Prouvost: They Are Waiting For You is made possible with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund. Additional support provided by Leni and David Moore, Jr./The David and Leni Moore Family Foundation.

    This project is supported by Étant Donnés Contemporary Art, a program of FACE Foundation, developed in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with lead funding from the Florence Gould Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, and Institut Français-Paris.

    The performance is co-commissioned by the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (EMPAC) and the Walker Art Center.