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Laure Prouvost

Autres habitants

On the occasion of the Cities theme week of the Dubai World Expo, Art Explora is exhibiting the works of 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 artistic program of the World Expo with as many people as possible.

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Laure Prouvost

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

Artwork presented in the metro station Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre and in front of the French Pavilion of the Dubai World Expo. 


Laure Prouvost

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

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




Deep See Blue Surrounding You / Vois ce bleu profond te fondre, the title of the installation she created for the French Pavilion at the most recent Venice Biennale, is organised around a video that takes viewers on an initiatory road trip that includes Nanterre, Grigny, Roubaix, the slag heaps of the Pas-de-Calais mining area, Postman Cheval’s Ideal Palace in Hauterives, Marseille and Venice. Peopled by a dozen characters from various backgrounds, languages and ages, each of them giving full rein to their individual performative skills (dance, magic, music, poetry and so on), this epic, both tangible and imaginary, provides a poetic portrait of the France of outsiders while examining the possibility of depicting a fluid, globalised world. An octopus makes its appearance, a symbol of these shifting, polymorphous exchanges.


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


Biography of the artist

Laure Prouvost was born in Croix (France) in 1978 and now shares her time between London, Brussels, and Antwerp. A multi-faceted artist, she constructs an œuvre that escapes all convention and responds to her offbeat and poetic inclinations. All forms of authority are subverted in the sensitive, porous, quirky, and dreamlike world that she cleverly orchestrates. Through videos, paintings, drawings, tapestries, glass sculptures, ceramics, and performances, Laure Prouvost creates truly immersive environments, fertile ground for personal mythologies and semi-fictional tales. She was the first French artist to win the Turner Prize in 2013, before representing France at the Venice Biennale in 2019. She is represented by the Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, Brussels), the Carlier | Gebauer Gallery (Berlin, Madrid), and the Lisson Gallery (London, New York, Shanghai, East Hamptons). 


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