A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Prouvost is a filmmaker and installation artist who was awarded the Turner Prize in 2013.
Laure Prouvost showed a talent for art as a child in her native France, but found her calling when she obtained her first camera at the age of 16. Encouraged by her mother to head to London, she studied film at Central Saint Martins and then obtained an MFA at Goldsmiths, University of London while spending time as assistant to conceptual artist John Latham and running an online platform for video artists, tank.tv. Eight years ago she chose to devote herself fully to her own art, with her films often built around fanciful stories coupled with raw, fast-paced, sensual and dream-like images.
Prouvost has amassed much recognition for her work, including the EAST International Award in 2009. She was also the principal prize winner for two successive years at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival. In 2011 she collected the Max Mara Art Prize for Women for her "gripping short films and intriguing environments". She called her Turner Prize win for her film Wantee "surprising and unexpected", while the Prize jury declared her work "outstanding for its complex and courageous combination of images and objects - it weaves together fact, fiction, art history and modern technology".
Provoust’s shows have been staged at Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City; Red Brick Art Museum in Beijing, and she has an upcoming show in HangarBicocca, Milan. Her first US exhibition was staged in New York in 2014 and she went on to exhibit in Los Angeles this year.
Prouvost, who has been a visiting speaker at Central Saint Martins and continues to have strong bonds with her tutors, divides her time between studios in London and Antwerp.