Farfromwords by Laure Prouvost

Farfromwords: car mirrors eat raspberries when swimming through the sun, to swallow sweet smells

Farfromwords comprises a large-scale pavilion-like structure recalling a historical panorama. A circular space is interspersed with collaged elements, including photographic prints, paint and pairs of video monitors showing footage of moving heads and feet. This immersive environment leads to an idyllic inner space revealing a new film,  Swallow (2013). The gentle rhythm of breathing accompanies surrealist imagery and shots of blue skies, ripe fruit and modern-day nymphs. By conveying visual and sensory pleasure through fragments of footage, the film alludes to events and encounters from the artist’s Italian residency split between the city of Rome and rural Biella.

Swallow(extract), 2013

Video Interview: Laure Prouvost talks to Adrian Searle from The Guardian

Max Mara Art Prize for Women: Laure Prouvost
Whitechapel Gallery
20 March – 7 April 2013


Laure Prouvost was born in 1978 in Croix-Lille, France and lives and works in London. In 2011 she was awarded the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, chosen from a distinguished shortlist of artists which included Spartacus Chetwynd, Christina Mackie, Avis Newman and Emily Wardill.

Laure Prouvost graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2002 and was part of the Lux Artist Associate Programme. Her work includes film, performance and installation. She has been part of group shows at Tate Britain, the ICA, Serpentine and BFI Galleries. 

Images including film stills of Swallow and the installation views at Whitechapel Gallery. Courtesy the artist and MOTINTERNATIONAL