Moving Stories strings together some four fragments of flying passenger airplanes. Gleaming in the sunlight, they glide high above the clouds. From the very first moment, the seductive footage, completely aiming at escapism, contrasts with the ominous, somewhat sinister soundtrack. Over this sound, Provost places a dialogue between a man and a woman. Provost plays once more with the grammar and the codes of (Hollywood) cinema. With a limited number of images, an absorbing soundtrack and a minimal story line, the artist tries to stimulate the viewers’ imagination to the maximum.
Nicolas Provost’s work reflects on the grammar of cinema, the human condition in our collective film memory and the relation between visual art and the cinematic experience. His films provoke both recognition and alienation and succeed in catching our expectations into an unravelling game of mystery and abstraction. With manipulations of time, codes and form, cinematographic and narrative language are sculpted into new stories.
In 2003 Nicolas Provost (born in Ronse, Belgium) moved back to Belgium after a 10-year stay in Norway. He now lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions include The Seattle Art Museum, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg, France, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp and Haunch of Venison London and Berlin. His work has been acquired by major museums including the Birmingham Museum, SMAK Gent and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Belgium. His work has earned a long list of awards and screenings at prestigious festivals including The Sundance Film Festival, The Venice Film Festival, The Berlinale, The San Sebastian Film Festival and The Locarno Film Festival. His critically acclaimed first feature film The Invader had its world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival 2011.