Laure Prouvost Invites Gallery Visitors to Dig for Her Missing Grandfather
“Burrow Me” traces the steps of Prouvost’s grandfather—a fictional fellow artist and contemporary of Schwitters, who she says went missing 20 years ago after he dug a tunnel during a performance piece and disappeared.
For the work, the artist is inviting visitors to take a shovel and dig to find him. Using material from her home and from the earth around the arts center, the artist built special shovels for the project. Visitors can choose either a “GPS Shovel,” a “4 Step Shovel, a “Sexy Shovel,” a “Reading Shovel,” or a “Drunk Shovel” to dig for his fictional remains.
“How you might relate to the past and your own grandparents is real,” former Tate director Penelope Curtis told the Guardian about the ongoing project. “That’s why it touches people.”
The Rupert exhibition is the final part to a two-part collaboration between the artist and the arts center. In 2014, Prouvost organized an evening of performance, film screenings, and dialogue with writer and curator Isla Leaver-Yap.
“What is the difference between fiction and reality? And who cares anyway?” the artist told the Guardian in a 2013 interview, when pressed about her real grandfather’s identity. “It’s up to you. Do you want to believe? Wouldn’t you like to believe?”
“Burrow Me” will be on view from July 17 through September 6, 2015 at Rupert.
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