Laure Prouvost

Laure Prouvost’s installations, encorporating film and sound, are cacophonous environments populated by domestic objects 


Laure Prouvost’s idiosyncratic installations at Frieze Art Fair are cacophonous environments populated by domestic objects. Encorporating film and sound they invoke loose narratives based on a single event.

Humorous, irreverent, and discordant, these installations included a number of hand-painted signs which purport to instill some order into the situation of the fair, but often offer little clarity. Playing with issues of language, translation and authority, and ideas concerning space and disorientation, the signs are often funny, sometimes sweet, occasionally straightforward and undoubtedly instructional. Prouvost’s signs for Frieze Projects will be made in the days preceding the fair as a response to the architecture of the space and the movement of its audience.

Laure Prouvost (b.1978) is a French artist based in London. Recent solo projects include: ‘before, before. before it was, the title sequence, spinning before next, a squid’, MOT International, London (2011); ‘It, heat, hit’, Art Now Lightbox, Tate Britain, London (2010); ‘Storeybored’, After the Butcher, Berlin; and ‘Burrow Me’, Lighthouse, Brighton, (both 2009). Recent group shows include: ‘Subjective Projections’, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld; ‘Time Again’, Sculpture Centre, New York; ‘Between Here and There’, Calder Foundation, New York, (all 2011); ‘Avec Excoffon’, IFF Galerie, Marseille (2010); and ‘The Know Unknows’, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2009. In 2010 Prouvost received a Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network award. In 2011 she was nominated for the MaxMara Art Prize for Women and was the principle prize winner at the 57th Oberhausen film festival.