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Deep See Blue Surrounding You/Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre, Laure Prouvost

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Last dive into the French Pavilion of Laure Prouvost

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Before embarking on a journey that will begin at Les Abattoirs Art Museum in Toulouse in January 2020, Deep See Blue Surrounding You/Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre by Laure Prouvost is still in Venice for a few days.

Since the opening of the biennale on 11 May, the French Pavilion has received over 420,000 visitors who have come to discover what the artist describes as a journey to an “ideal place”.

Check out some photos of this immersive work, designed to look like tentacles.

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Deep See Blue Surrounding You/Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre, Laure Prouvost
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The film, the installation’s central work

This film, broadcast on a loop in several rooms of the Pavilion, traces the journey undertaken by Laure Prouvost and 12 other characters, from the Paris suburbs to Roubaix, via Marseille and ending in Venice. 

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The film "Deep See Blue Surrounding You/Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre”, a central work. Photo: Cristiano Corte © Laure Prouvost; Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Lisson Gallery and Carlier Gebauer.
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An “ideal elsewhere”

"The initial idea was a journey towards an ideal elsewhere enabling us to learn how to understand ourselves better, as men or women, young or old people, French or foreigners." (Laure Prouvost)

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The film "Deep See Blue Surrounding You/Vois Ce Bleu Profond Te Fondre”, a central work. Photo: Cristiano Corte © Laure Prouvost; Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Lisson Gallery and Carlier Gebauer.
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Tapestry by Laure Prouvost at the Venice Biennial
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4/11

The tapestry

This tapestry made for the exhibition acts as one of the many tentacles linked to the central work. It features characters from the film.

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Tapestry by Laure Prouvost at the Venice Biennial. Photo: Cristiano Corte © Laure Prouvost; Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Lisson Gallery and Carlier Gebauer.
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Glass element of the tapestry, Laure Prouvost à la Biennale de Venise
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Glass

A multidisciplinary artist, Laure Prouvost works in video, drawing, tapestry, ceramics, photography and glass.

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Glass element of the tapestry. Photo: Cristiano Corte © Laure Prouvost; Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Lisson Gallery and Carlier Gebauer.
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Side room, "Vois ce bleu profond te fondre", Laure Prouvost at the Venice Biennial
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Side room

Laure Prouvost has a special relationship with language. A fascination that she feeds with her personal experience, particularly following her move to London. The artist uses differences between mother tongue and adoptive language to design her works.  

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Side room. Photo: Cristiano Corte © Laure Prouvost; Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Lisson Gallery and Carlier Gebauer.
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« Metal Men », Laure Prouvost at the Venice Biennial
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"Metal Men," an anthropomorphic metal statue

The exhibition is based on making every viewer feel like a tentacle in this project. Like the film's lead narrative, the artist invites each person, with their story, to participate in the formation of a "whole.”

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Laure Prouvost, « Metal Men ». Photo: Cristiano Corte © Laure Prouvost; Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Lisson Gallery and Carlier Gebauer.
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Colombe in Murano glass, Laure Prouvost at the Venice Biennial
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Colombe

For this exhibition, Laure Prouvost worked in the Murano glass factories, right next to the Biennale. 

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Colombe in Murano glass. Photo: Cristiano Corte © Laure Prouvost; Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Lisson Gallery and Carlier Gebauer.
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Resin room, Laure Prouvost at the Venice Biennale
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Resin room

In this room, the artist arranged everyday elements as if they were engulfed in the sea in reference to ecological disasters. Using glass allows her to create a “game on transforming liquidity and light”.

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Resin room. Photo: Cristiano Corte © Laure Prouvost; Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Lisson Gallery and Carlier Gebauer.
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Resin room, Laure Prouvost at the Venice Biennial
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Resin room

Laure Prouvost's work echoes the term "liquid modernity," formulated by the Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman. The concept defines a post-modern world governed by immediacy and communication, which make ancient bonds between humans and bodies disappear. It reveals the fragility of a society based on individualism and permanent change.

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Resin room. Photo: Cristiano Corte © Laure Prouvost; Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Lisson Gallery and Carlier Gebauer.
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Resin room, Laure Prouvost at the Venice Biennial

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Deep See Blue Surrounding You/Vois This Deep Blue Te Fondre is on display until 24 November 2019 at the French Pavilion for the 58th Venice Art Biennale. 

The work will be presented at Les Abattoirs Art Museum in Toulouse from 24 January to 7 June 2020, then at LaM de Villeneuve-d’Asq. 

 

The French Pavilion at the Venice International Art and Architecture Biennials is put on by the Institut français.

Find out more about Laure Prouvost's work