Whitworth Art Gallery
Whitworth Art Gallery is situated in the grounds of The University of Manchester. It was established in 1889 to inspire the region’s textile industry, give pleasure to Manchester citizens and to instruct students and artists about the visual arts. It now has one of the best collections of works on paper, wallpapers and flat textiles in the country. As a University Art Gallery the Whitworth sees its role as a creative laboratory for ideas about contemporary visual culture and actively prioritises the collection of art, both British and international, that interrogates place, politics and identity.
Laure Prouvost graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2010. She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and received the Max Mara Prize for Women in 2011. Prouvost’s work moves between film, performance, sound and site specific installation, it often plays with the relationship between director, performer, audience and the architecture of viewing.
The provocative and eloquent film Monolog won the 56th Oberhausen Short Film Principal Prize in 2010. It is a witty and direct challenge to the notion of the artist’s identity and institutional regulations imposed upon the viewing of art and the behaviour of a supposedly captive audience. At a time when the Whitworth is embarking upon a redevelopment of its gallery spaces and is closely exploring the experience of its visitors, Prouvost’s work is a timely addition to the gallery’s rich and varied collection of historic and contemporary art.