Laure Prouvost’s at the 58th Venice International Art Exhibition : Deep See Blue Surrounding You2 min
Since the 11th of May 2019, the French Pavilion at the 58th Venice International Art Exhibition presents Laure Prouvost’s artistic project, Deep See blue Surrounding You. Its corner-stone is a fictional film which takes the form of an initiatory journey and joyous saga. Discover ten unveilings of the sculptural installation in situ which enriches the themes of the film using leftover objects, resin, clay, glass, plants and water vapour.
“My project for the French Pavilion offers a metaphorical immersion into the stomach of a kind of an unknown tentacular animal, in order to find out who we are. I would like for each spectator to feel him/herself becoming a tentacle of the project.”
“The film is the central element around which the piece is structured. It is in a way the head of my octopus, which means that the installation is alive because of the film, but not solely.”
The fictional film of Laure Prouvost for the French Pavilion takes the form of an initiatory journey, a joyous saga filmed over the course of a roadtrip 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.
“I had the idea of the octopus as a metaphor for the origins of our planet and, as human beings, for the development of our nervous systems. Its tentacles are key because they are the sensory extension of it.”
“My grandmother in Roubaix forced me to bring a tapestry she made to Venice!”
Using video, drawing, tapestry, ceramics, photography, performance, and above all, language, Laure Prouvost creates immersive installations which plunge the viewer into a state of personal and collective introspection.
« Un voyage vers notre inconscient. À l’aide de nos cerveaux logés dans nos tentacules, nous creusons des tunnels vers le passé et l’avenir, en direction de Venise. Suivons la lumière. »
“Idiomatic expressions, once translated, become very strong images, such as I will tell you loads of salads! Maybe there was a time when salads were told in the fields? I’m as much interested in knowing their context as deconstructing it.”
“I like to question what we present and represent, who we are and where we go to, both personally and on the scale of humanity. There is also the idea of melting and mixing into more or less strong visions, which have more to do with sensations.”
“My installation is a place of life in the depths of our subconscious. For example, I would like to use a resin that hardens, water that becomes breakable, mineral that becomes liquid. It will be a play on the transformation of liquidity and of light.”
The Institut français and the artist
Laure Prouvost will represent France at the Venice International Art Biennial from 11th May to 24th November 2019.
The French Pavilion at the Venice International Art and Architecture Biennials is put on by the Institut français.
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