Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Toulouse, FRAC Midi-Pyrénées

Laure Prouvost

Deep See Blue Surrounding You / Vois ce bleu profond te fondre
From 24 January to 20 September 2020
les Abattoirs
Laure Prouvost, "Deep See Blue Surrounding You / Vois ce bleu profond te fondre" (extraits), 2019. © Galerie Nathalie Obadia, carlier | gebauer, Lisson Gallery

Les Abattoirs are pleased to welcome the first stop of Laure Prouvost's touring pavilion for the 58th edition of the Venice Biennial.

Laure Prouvost’s project for the French Pavilion, entitled Deep See Blue Surrounding You / Vois ce bleu profond te fondre, is structured around three main themes that provide reference points for the exhibition’s development. First of all, there is a reflection surrounding concepts of generations and identities, what links or distances us from each other: the eldest from the youngest, the neighbour from the stranger. Next comes the idea of disconnection, incomprehension and discrepancy, namely by means of an exploration of language and its appropriation, or misappropriation. Finally, tinged with utopia and surrealism, Laure Prouvost’s project is committed to representing an escapist journey, both tangible and imaginary, towards an ideal elsewhere. The exhibition takes the form of an invitation to melt into a liquid and tentacular universe amongst the different unveiled and shared realities, which intermingle here.

The corner-stone of Laure Prouvost’s artistic project for the French Pavilion is a fictional film. It takes the form of an initiatory journey, a joyous saga filmed over the course of a road trip through France — from the Parisian suburbs to the north of France, from the Palais du Facteur Cheval to the Mediterranean Sea — and finally to Venice. The film, which is full of dialogue and idioms, is based on a script co-written by the artist and various contributors, in French and English with some Italian, Arabic or Dutch passages. The dialogues are performed by a dozen of characters of different ages and backgrounds, with specific performance skills: magic, dance, music, etc. A sculptural installation in situ enriches and develops the themes of the film, inside and outside the pavilion, using typical processes of the artist’s practise, such as leftover objects from the film, resin, clay, glass, plants or water vapour. Performances punctuate the life of the pavilion, interacting with the architecture and objects on display.

Laure Prouvost was born in Croix-Lille (France) in 1978, before establishing herself in London, where she studied at Central Saint Martins, and then at Goldsmiths College. The winner of the 2013 Turner Prize, she currently lives and works between London, Antwerp, and a caravan in the Croatian desert.

The French Pavilion of the 58th International Exhibition of Visual Arts - La Biennale di Venezia is produced by the French Institute, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture. Her curation was provided by Martha Kirszenbaum.

With the support of