Last dive into the French Pavilion of Laure Prouvost2 min
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.
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.
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)
This tapestry made for the exhibition acts as one of the many tentacles linked to the central work. It features characters from the film.
A multidisciplinary artist, Laure Prouvost works in video, drawing, tapestry, ceramics, photography and glass.
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.
"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.”
For this exhibition, Laure Prouvost worked in the Murano glass factories, right next to the Biennale.
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”.
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.
The Institut français and the project
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.