Laure Prouvost‘C’est l’est not ouest’, 2016

For her first solo exhibition in Greece, entitled C’est l’est not ouest curated by Iliana Fokianaki, Prouvost will be exhibiting a selection of works dating back to 2006. The exhibition is negotiating the artist’s role as a director, provocateur and indicator of aesthetics, through a self-critical presentation of what the preconception of artistic practice is today.

In her films and installations, Prouvost unhinges all the innate connections we usually make with language and image. She chooses to put these connections under the microscope, examining and displaying the correlation of imagination and reality, the conscious and the unconscious, tapping on surrealist ideas of the image as vehicle. Using the language of contemporary social media, “spamming” the viewer with an array of seemingly unconnected images, she creates a contemporary narration deriving from fundamental texts by Roland Barthes, Laura Mulvey, Susan Sontag and the Surrealists.

Always interested in the automatic aspect of consciousness through psychoanalytic theory, Prouvost is also addressing these issues through her drawing and painting, and presents for C’est l’est not ouest a series of new paintings.

Laure Prouvost (b. 1978, Lille) lives and works in Antwerp. She holds an MFA from Goldsmiths College, London (2010) and a BFA from Central St Martins, London (2002). Selected solo and group exhibitions: A way to Leak, Lick, Leek, Fahrenheit, Los Angeles (2016); Laure Prouvost: It, Heat, Hit, e-flux, New York (2015); For Forgetting, New Museum, New York (2014); Mirrorcity, Hayward Gallery, London (2014); Assembly: A Survey of Recent Artists’ Film and Video in Britain 2008–2013, Tate Britain, London (2013). She was the recipient of the Turner Prize 2013 and the Max Mara Prize for Women 2011.


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