Laure Prouvost's work has long taken us to places we weren't sure existed; now, the French-born artist has created an "escapist universe where we can dream of embracing each other again".
The show at Kunsthal Charlottenborg titled 'Our Elastic Arm Hold in Tight Through the Claouds' opened last month, and is the first solo exhibition in Scandinavia by Turner Prize-winning artist Prouvost, who represented France at the 58th International Art Biennial in Venice.
As with her previous pieces, the show demonstrates Prouvost's merging of film, sculpture, sound and performance to create powerful but playful installations that blur the boundaries between reality and fiction and explore the ambiguities of language.
For Our Elastic Arm Hold in Tight Through the Claouds, Prouvost has transformed Kunsthal Charlottenborg's entire north wing into "a labyrinthine and other-worldly installation," according to the gallery. "Conceived as a total experience, centred around a new video-installation...the exhibition will introduce audiences to the spirited, absorbing and frequently humorous hallmarks of Prouvost's diverse artistic practice."
The artist uses sound in the form of sensual, whispered voices, which augment elements such as architectural interventions, films, found objects, sculptures and signs. These include "fragile glass sculptures, a Flemish tapestry, raspberry-eating fish and flowers unfurling their petals," according to the gallery.
The site-specific installation takes a new major film work as its focal point, which promises to "take audiences on a journey above the clouds, to a universal dream space of expanded horizons, in which we may escape our physical realities, collapse distance, reach out and embrace each other once again."
Our Elastic Arm Hold in Tight Through the Claouds is curated by Henriette Bretton-Meyer and produced in collaboration with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne. It runs until 8 August 2021.