Laure Prouvost

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To coincide with the Cities theme week of the Dubai World Expo, Art Explora is exhibiting works by eight internationally renowned French artists. Questioning the place of ecosystems in the urban environment, these works are presented simultaneously in several urban spaces, in Dubai as well as in Paris, in order to share the World Expo's artistic program with as many people as possible.

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Laure Prouvost

We Will Be Birds Who Belong To No Nations, 2019, oil on paper

Presented in the Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre metro station and in front of the France Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo. 

Laure Prouvost

They Parlaient Idéale (Octopus with love), 2019, video still

Work presented in front of the French Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo and on Jumeirah Road in Dubai. 

Deep See Blue Surrounding You / Vois ce bleu profond te fondre, the title of Laure Prouvost's installation for the French Pavilion at the last Venice Biennale, revolves around a video that takes us on an initiatory road trip between Nanterre, Grigny, Roubaix, the slag heaps of the Pas-de-Calais mining basin, the Facteur Cheval's Ideal Palace at Hauterives, Marseille and Venice. Carried by a dozen characters from different backgrounds, languages and ages, each expressing a specific performative skill (dance, magic, music, poetry, etc.), this epic, both tangible and imaginary, offers a poetic portrait of France's outsiders, and at the same time questions the possibility of representing a fluid, globalized world. The octopus appears as the symbol of these shifting, polymorphous exchanges.

We Will Be Birds Who Belong To No Nations is a preparatory work for this project. 

Artist biography 

Laure Prouvost was born in Croix (France) in 1978 and now lives between London, Brussels and Antwerp. A multi-faceted artist, her work escapes all convention and responds to a whimsical, poetic inclination. Every form of authority is hijacked in a sensitive, porous, offbeat and dreamlike universe, which she orchestrates with mischief. Through videos, paintings, drawings, tapestries, glass sculptures, ceramics and performances, Laure Prouvost creates truly immersive environments, breeding grounds for personal mythologies and semi-fictional narratives. She was the first French artist to win the Turner Prize in 2013, before representing France at the 2019 Venice Biennale. She is represented by Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, Brussels), Galerie Carlier | Gebauer (Berlin and Madrid) and Lisson Gallery (London, New York, Shanghai, East Hamptons). 

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This project is supported by the French Institute of the United Arab Emirates, JCDecaux, the French Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo and RATP.

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