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Laure Prouvost
Le Studio des Acacias by Mazarine is pleased to welcome You are My Petrol, My Drive, My Dream, My Exhaust an exhibition by Laure Prouvost. FIAC 2018.

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  • "Relics n°7 and n°8", 2016 in the Gallery of Studio des Acacias
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  • Break down of the "Relics", 2016 and finishing of the "Relics", 2018 in the Gallery of Studio des Acacias
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  • Set up of "We Will Go Far", 2015 and "Lick In The Past", 2016 at Studio des Acacias
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  • "Lick In The Past", 2016 at Studio des Acacias
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  • Break down of "We Will Go Far", 2015 and "Lick In The Past", 2016
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  • Set up and hanging of "Citizen Or God, Men Are Truly Stuck", 2018 at Studio des Acacias
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  • "Citizen Or God, Men Are Truly Stuck ", 2018 at Studio des Acacias
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  • "Ideally This Wall Would Melt Under Your Gaze", 2015 at Studio des Acacias
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On the occasion of FIAC 2018, Paul-Emmanuel Reiffers, founder of Studio des Acacias, Chairman of Mazarine Group and patron of the arts, is pleased to welcome You are My Petrol, My Drive, My Dream, My Exhaust at Studio des Acacias by Mazarine, an exhibition by Laure Prouvost, represented by Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris and Brussels, Carlier I Gebauer in Berlin and Lisson in London and New York.


After having presented Barbara Kruger and Benjamin Millepied, Mark Handforth, Rashid Johnson and Matthew Day Jackson, Mazarine is now showing its support for contemporary French art creating by presenting the work of Laure Prouvost.


You are My Petrol, My Drive, My Dream, My Exhaust was initiated by a collaboration between curator Martha Kirszenbaum and the artist, selected to represent France at the 2019 Venice Biennale.



Combining representation of desire, onerism, and a fantasized description of nature, Laure Prouvost’s immersive films, installations, drawings and tapestries imperil our relation to language and comprehension through the construction of complex narratives and surrealist moments that feed her unusual approach to the conventions of film and image. The artist attaches a special importance to language and its representation, with great verve she plays with words, stretching and deconstructing them before putting them together again and reinserting them into the story, where they jump and swirl, snub us and escape our understanding. The attention that Laure Prouvost allots to the environment and to the natural and human elements surrounding her serve as the raw material of her practice and her generous way of filming. Her films do not exist without the universe that surrounds them and where, captured with metaphor and romanticism, the invisible becomes apparent. She strives to bring forward the unimportant objects, the ones that the consumption system that governs our daily lives has left behind: leftovers, litter, objects that are broken, dysfunctional, unloved.


You Are My Petrol, My Drive, My Dream, My Exhaust takes elements produced by the artist for her exhibitions at the Musée Départemental de Rochechouart (2015) and Fahrenheit by FLAX in Los Angeles (2016), revealing, through the divergence of their contexts, two sides of the same coin, and presenting a diptych of videos installed with a large resin-based installation, several objects such as relics, a motorcycle or an LED, and a squid-ink vodka bar, evoking the two environments – one rural and French, the other one urban and American.

Laure Prouvost was born in 1978 in Croix-Lille (France). She lives and works between Antwerp (Belgium) and London (United Kingdom).

In 2019, she will be granted a solo exhibition at the MuKHA in Antwerp (Belgium) and will represent France at the 58th International Venice Biennale. In recent years, her work has been the subject of international solo exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo (France, 2018), Witte de With Rotterdam (Netherlands, 2017), SALT Galata Istanbul (Turkey, 2017), Walker Art Center Minneapolis (USA, 2017), Fahrenheit by FLAX Los Angeles (USA, 2016), at Consortium de Dijon (France, 2016), at MMK Frankfurt (Germany, 2016), at Kunstall Luzern (Switzerland, 2016), at Hangar Biccoca Milan (Italy, Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art of Rochechouart (France, 2015), at Haus der Kunst Munich (Germany, 2015), at Rupert Vilnius (Lithuania, 2015), at the New Museum New York (USA, 2014), at Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp (Belgium, 2014), Whitechapel Gallery London (UK, 2013), at Tate Britain London (UK, 2013), and at Biennale de Lyon (France, 2013).


Laure Prouvost was awarded the Turner Prize in 2013 and the Max Mara Prize for Women in 2011. She was awarded the Knight's insignia of the French National Order of Meritin 2016.

Her work is present in renowned public and private collections, such as the Hirshhorn Museum (USA), le MAC/VAL (France), The Arts Council (UK), the Kadist Foundation (France), the Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art (France), the Fond National d’Art Contemporain (France), the New National Museum of Monaco, the Red Brick Art Museum (China), the Kunsthalle Luzern (Suisse).

She is represented by the Nathalie Obadia Gallery (Paris, Brussels), Carlier I Gebauer (Berlin) and Lisson (London, New York).


Commissariat : Martha Kirszenbaum
Credits : Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Bruxelles
Credit portrait : Edouard Caupeil / Pasco and Co