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February 17, 2014

Laure Prouvost discusses Wantee and artistic production

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Laure Prouvost, still image from Wantee, 2013. Video

For the next Lecture of the RCA Visual Cultures Lecture Series, Laure Prouvost will provide an insight into her work Wantee (2013), commissioned by Grizedale Arts and Tate for inclusion in the exhibition Schwitters in Britain at Tate Britain. Professor Jordan Baseman, Head of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, will provide an introduction.

Laure Prouvost started her project at Grizedale Arts in response to the history and legacy of Kurt Schwitters. The commission references the locality and history of Schwitters’s incomplete work, his last great sculpture and installation: the Merz Barn near Ambleside. Prouvost creates an installation, conceived as the living room of her fictional grandfather, in which a film is screened. Her imaginary relative is described as a conceptual artist and one of Schwitters’s close friends.

Prouvost is interested in how memories and factual narratives about historical figures can shift and be revised across time. She works with films and installations characterised by richly layered stories, translations and surreal moments. Her distinct visual language is engaged in an ongoing conversation with the history of art and literature.

Prouvost lives and works in London. She studied at Goldsmiths College and Central St Martins, London. Winner of the Turner Prize 2013, her recent solo presentations include the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, Whitechapel Gallery, London and Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia (2013); Schwitters in Britain, Tate Britain, London (2013); Why Does Gregor Never Ring? Shut Your Lips, Somewhere Under That Bridge Lies the whole Truth (The Wanderer Sequence 5), MOTINTERNATIONAL, London (2012); and Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London (2011). Her numerous group exhibitions include 12th Biennale de Lyon, Meanwhile… Suddenly and Then, Lyon (2013); Soundworks, ICA, London (2012); Time Again, Sculpture Center, New York (2011); and Flaca, Portikus, Frankfurt (2011). In 2011, she received the Max Mara Art Prize for Women and in 2009 the EAST International Award in Norwich, UK. She is currently part of the show Assembly: A Survey of Recent Artists’ Film and Video in Britain 2008–2013, at Tate Britain, 25 November 2013–March 2014; a forthcoming show at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein; and her first solo show in the US is on view at The New Museum in New York, from February 12 to April 13, 2014.

The RCA Visual Cultures Lecture Series is broadcast live by this is tomorrow: www.thisistomorrow.info

Forthcoming RCA Visual Cultures Lectures
4 March—Ulla Von Brandenburg
11 March—Thomas Hirschhorn

The Royal College of Art Visual Cultures Lecture Series 2014, entitled Current Modes of Artistic Production, invites artists to investigate various aspects that contribute to the production, circulation and reception of their work. Through in-depth focus on a specific project of each guest speaker, the series aims to give an insight into the complex fabric of artistic production and explore what it means to work as an artist today.

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