LAURE PROUVOST, « WE WOULD BE FLOATING AWAY FROM THE DIRTY PAST », HAUS DER KUNST BERLIN

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Laure Prouvost : We Would Be Floating Away from the Dirty Past / Haus der Kunst, Berlin / 27 November 2015 – 18 September 2016.

Laure Prouvost presents a new installation for Haus der Kunst’s Middle Hall as the 4th edition of the annual art commission. The yearly commission is grounded in the central role that art and artists play in global debates. With this view, Haus der Kunst wishes to acknowledge international artists who, over the course of their careers, have demonstrated models of artistic excellence, conceptual rigour, experimental spirit, and whose ideas have had enduring impact in the field of contemporary art and its discourses.

Laure Prouvost (b. 1978; lives and works in London) creates visually sumptuous installations and films. Enticing her audience into often unusual viewing situations, Prouvost weaves a complex web comprising film, objects, sculpture, drawing, painting, and architectural, sometimes stage-like settings. Each medium brings a divergent layer and dimension to Prouvost’s manner of storytelling, which unsettles linearity as well as apparent dividing lines between truth and fiction in order to reassemble into a vibrant patchwork of a new reality and meaning. Laure Prouvost’s reality is a fast world of contradictory images, impressions, and sounds that accumulate to evoke a rush of feelings and endearing humour.

Laure Prouvost received the prestigious Turner Prize in 2013 and has exhibited internationally at renowned institutions such as Tate Britain and Whitechapel Gallery in London, Portikus in Frankfurt, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Berlin, and New Museum in New York. She has participated in international film festivals and won first prize twice at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.

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