Avec: Laure Prouvost 5 - 30 April 2017 Shakespeare and Company, 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris

5 Apr 2017 - 19:00

Laure Prouvost Swallow01

Swallow, HD vidéo, single channel, 12m, 2013

Courtesy de l'artiste et Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Bruxelles

Swallow is a film showing fragments of footage, from birds to women bathing in waterfalls. Exploring language and translation, Prouvost played on the historic idea of visiting the Mediterranean for inspiration.


Born in 1978 in Croix-Lille, Laure Prouvost lives and works between Antwerp, Belgium, and London, United Kingdom.

By proposing a particularly innovative, singular and organic body of work, Laure Prouvost develops a coherent and penetrating narrative in her work using fantasy and humor, amongst other things.
An archivist of images, objects, words, crafts,  ctions and documents, she captures the daily  ow of images and texts that assail us, in order to isolate the extraordinary associations and combinations that will speci cally serve her stories and the chronicle of her work in general. Through a rough and fairly unscrupulous approach to the principles of translation, a disconcerting facility for dealing with notions of appearance, hypo- thesis and ambiguity in the bogus myths she offers us, along with the suggestive idea that a drama, breakdown or failure is always possible, Laure Prouvost methodically constructs a substantial and indispensable body of work.
Although she plays with the effects that these incidences and accidents provoke, the very real perspective of an ideal world can be glimpsed in the generosity and the uncontrived fantasy and exhilaration that she brings to her work.