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Laure Prouvost

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Laure Prouvost
Laure Prouvost 2015
Born1978 (age 45–46)
Croix, France
EducationCentral Saint Martins, Goldsmiths
Known forart installations, sculpture, painting, tapestry, video installations
Notable workWantee (2013)
AwardsTurner Prize, MaxMara Art Prize

Laure Prouvost (born 1978) is a French artist living and working in Brussels, Belgium. She won the 2013 Turner Prize. In 2019, she represented France at the Venice Biennale with the multi-media installation Deep See Blue Surrounding You .[1]


Prouvost was born in Croix, an upscale suburb of Lille, France, and attended a local school with a strong arts focus.[2][3]

She studied film at Central Saint Martins and also attended Goldsmiths, University of London. After graduating from Saint Martins, she worked as an assistant to the artist John Latham, who she describes as "more like a grandfather than my real grandfather".[4] She has exhibited at Tate Britain[5] and the Institute of Contemporary Arts.[6]

She was awarded the biennial MaxMara Art Prize for Women in 2011[7] and her work has appeared in the private contemporary art collection Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy.[8]

Prouvost was the principal prize winner at the 57th Oberhausen Film Festival[9] in 2011.

Prouvost won the Turner Prize in 2013 for an installation named Wantee made in response to the artist Kurt Schwitters. In a tea party setting a film describes a fictional relationship between Prouvost's grandfather and Schwitters.[10] The work is named in reference to the habit of Schwitters' partner of asking guests if they "want tea".[11] The panel described the work as "outstanding for its complex and courageous combination of images and objects in a deeply atmospheric environment".[12] Prouvost was generally considered a surprise winner.[3]

In 2014, she staged her first solo museum exhibition in the United States at the New Museum, titled For Forgetting.[13]

In 2018, she created an installation for the Palais de Tokyo in Paris titled Ring Sing and drink for Trespassing.[14]

In 2018, Prouvost was a member of the jury that selected Helen Cammock as winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women.[15]

Selected works[edit]

  • 2007 : Owt, video
  • 2010 : I need to take care of my conceptual Grand dad, video
  • 2010 : The Artist, video
  • 2010 : It Heat Hit, video
  • 2011 : The Wanderer, video
  • 2012 : Why does Gregor never rings, video installation
  • 2013 : Farfromwords: car mirrors eat raspberries when swimming through the sun, to swallow sweet smells, video installation
  • 2013 : Wantee, video installation
  • 2014 : Visitor center, video installation
  • 2016 : We would be floating away from the dirty past, video installation
  • 2016 : Lick in the Past, video
  • 2017 : Dit Learn, video
  • 2019 : Deep See Blue Surrounding You / Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre, in the French Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale
  • 2020 : Re-dit-en-un-in-learning, video
  • 2021 : Touching To Sea You Through Our Extremities, sculpture at La Panne, Triennial Beaufort (Beaufort21)
  • 2022 : Every Sunday, Grand Ma, video installation
  • 2022 : Four For See Beauties, video installation
  • 2023 : We Belong, facade of KANAL-Centre Pompidou, Bruxelles, Belgium
  • 2023 : No More Front Tears, video and box letters, video installation presented at Art Basel Parcours (2023), and Malta Biennale (2024)
  • 2023 : Shadow Does, video installation
  • 2023 : You, My, Omma, Mama, video installation

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Permanent works[edit]



  1. ^ "Laure Prouvost is Digging a Tunnel Between the French and British Pavilions at the Venice Biennale". 8 May 2019.
  2. ^ "La Française Laure Prouvost remporte le prestigieux Turner Prize". Le Petit Journal. 3 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b "In Surprise Win, Laure Prouvost Takes Turner Prize". New York Times. 3 December 2013.
  4. ^ Wright, Karen (20 September 2013). "In the studio: Laure Prouvost, film and installation artist - Features - Art - The Independent". The Independent. London: INM. ISSN 0951-9467. OCLC 185201487. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Wantee and Friends | Tate". tate.org.uk. 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2023.
  6. ^ "Laure Prouvost Interview". archive.ica.art. Retrieved 7 June 2024.
  7. ^ "Laure Prouvost wins women's art prize". BBC News. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2024.
  8. ^ "BBC News - Laure Prouvost wins women's art prize". bbc.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Frieze Magazine | Archive | Focus: Laure Prouvost". frieze.com. 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013. principal prize winner at the 57th Oberhausen Film Festival.
  10. ^ Higgins, Charlotte (2013). "Turner prize 2013: a shortlist strong on wit and charm | Art and design | theguardian.com". theguardian.com. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Laure Prouvost wins Turner prize 2013". The Guardian. 2 December 2013.
  12. ^ "BBC News - Turner Prize 2013: Laure Prouvost wins £25,000 prize". bbc.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  13. ^ Rosenberg, Karen (20 February 2014). "Laure Prouvost Exhibition Opens at New Museum - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. New York. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  14. ^ Adler, Laure (2019). The trouble with women artists : reframing the history of art. Viéville, Camille,, Robinson, Kate (English-language ed.). Paris. ISBN 978-2-08-020370-0. OCLC 1090006696.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  15. ^ Claire Selvin (16 April 2018), [1] ARTnews.
  16. ^ a b "Habiter, nager, léviter, méduser | Bozar Bruxelles". www.bozar.be (in French). Retrieved 23 May 2024.

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