Laure Prouvost was born in 1978 in Croix-Lille, France. She lives and works in London, UK and Antwerp, Belgium.
After receiving the Max Mara Prize for Women (2011), Prouvost was the first French artist to win the prestigious Turner Prize for contemporary British artists and/or living in Great-Britain.
Other solo and group exhibitions include: Consortium Dijon; Kunstmuseum Luzern; Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia; Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis; Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Troy and Fahrenheit, Los Angeles (2016); Musée Départemental D’Art Contemporain de Rochechouart; Rupert, Vilinus and CAPC Muse´e d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; Haus Der Kunst, Munich (2015); The Meeting, MOT International, Brussels; or Forgetting at the New Museum, New York; From Wantee to Some Signs at Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp (2014); Max Mara Art Prize for Women at the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Laure Prouvost / Adam Chodzko at Tate Britain, London (2013); Laure Prouvost at The Hepworth, Wakefield; Why Does Gregor Never Ring? Shut Your Lips, Somewhere Under That Bridge Lies the Hole Truth (The Wanderer Sequence 5), MOT International, London (2012); before, before. before it was, the title sequence, spinning before next, a squid, MOT International, London (2011); A Work A Day, MOT International, London (2009).
Generous and prodigious, Laure Prouvost’s practice combines language and images to create stories that seduce and disturb simultaneously. Exploring the boundaries between fiction and reality, her works are composed of videos, paintings, ready-made sculptures and sound installations. Often creating installations to house her films Prouvost filmmaking technique is seminal and audacious. She employs strong story telling, quick cuts, montage and deliberate misuse of language to create surprising and unpredictable work. She says ‘The viewer decides what they want to believe, what they want to see, what they want to get. The viewer is boss.’