Sensory Seduction Prouvost's SwallowAdrian Searle talks to French artist Laure Prouvost about her latest installation at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London: “a two-part installation inspired by the aesthetic and sensuous pleasures of Italy. Referencing the genre of panoramic painting, Prouvost creates a cylindrical structure interspersed with collages and monitors. This immersive environment leads to an idyllic inner space revealing Swallow (2013), a film showing fragments of footage, from birds to women bathing in waterfalls. Exploring language and translation, Prouvost plays on the historic idea of visiting the Mediterranean for inspiration.”
I have yet to see this work ‘in the flesh’ as it were (exhibition until 7 April), but Searle’s tour and film extracts from Swallow offer up tantalisingly sensuous angles onto the body and its sensory experience. Sounds, vision, touch, taste, smell are all explored through lips, hands, skin; the rasberry fruit embodying our desire to ‘feel’, hold, and consume the world around us – to greedily eat it up and absorb its colours and complexities.



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