First publication ever to provide a complete survey of the artist's oeuvre to date: like Prouvost's art, the book is fast-paced and full of quick turns and surprises. It includes a series of essays, a conversation between the artist and her model Barbara Steveni, and a complete list of her works and exhibitions.
Laure Prouvost's art is full of wit, poetry, humor, stories, and unforeseen twists and turns. Whether in her installations, videos, or performances, she never fails to surprise and attract. Are her stories for real? Was her granddad really a conceptual artist who dug a tunnel from Europe to Africa and literally got lost in the artistic process? Prouvost's ways of working and the visual style of her output really only come to life and develop their full intensity in her exhibitions—until now. Together with Kunstmuseum Luzern and the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Mousse has published the first-ever monograph on Prouvost. Like her art, the book is fast-paced and full of quick turns and surprises; it is no easy task to achieve a true representation of video art in a printed volume. Important authors who have worked closely with Prouvost write about her here for the first time, and the artist herself discusses her life and work with her artistic role model Barbara Steveni. The book also includes a complete list of Prouvost's works and exhibitions. Is Prouvost really the “holy liar” she's been called in the press? Find out for yourself…
Published on the occasion of a three-part exhibition, “Dropped here and then, to live, leave it all behind”, Le Consortium
, Dijon, from June 25 to September 25, 2016, “all behind, we'll go deeper, deep down and she will say”, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, from September 3 to November 6, 2016, “And she will say: hi her, ailleurs, to higher grounds”, Kunstmuseum Luzern, from October 29, 2016, to February 12, 2017.
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. 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
, 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 winner of the Max Mara Art Prize in 2011 and of the Turner Prize in 2013, appointed to represent France at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019, Laure Prouvost 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).
Texts by Nick Aikens, Fanni Fetzer, Bettina Schmitt, conversation between Laure Prouvost, Anna Goetz, Barbara Steveni.
published in November 2016
bilingual edition (English / German)
20 x 27 cm (softcover)
264 pages (color ill.)
ISBN : 978-88-6749-233-6
EAN : 9788867492336