The work of Nicolas Provost (1969) walks a fine line between fiction and the fine arts, the grotesque and the moving, beauty and cruelty. His phantasmagorias provoke both recognition and alienation, referencing the familiar and simultaneously transforming his subject into something unfamiliar. Using fragments from classic films by Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Alain Resnais or Russ Meyers, Provost reflects and mirrors the footage to produce entirely new images, both mesmerising and disturbing. He manipulates his viewers’ responses through his understanding of narrative structure, cinematographic language and conventions, and the aural and visual cues learned by audiences. He uses sounds, from music to electronically generated voices, to prompt reactions and generate self-fulfilling expectations. Dealing with emotional extremes such as love, fear and loneliness, Provost translates and transforms existing footage, enabling new stories to emerge. His films Papillon d’amour, Bataille, Oh Dear…, Exoticore and Long Live the New Flesh have received awards at prestigious festivals worldwide. His latest work Stardust premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2010.

Works featured:
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1999, 6’55", colour, English spoken.
Madonna with child
2001, 5’14", colour and b&w, sound.
I hate this town
2002, 2’, colour, sound.
Papillon D’Amour
2003, 3’30", b&w, sound.
2004, 27’36", colour, English spoken, English subtitles.
Oh Dear …
2004, 1’, colour, sound.
2006, 10’, colour, sound.
The Divers
2006, 6’40", colour, sound.
2007, 6’7", colour and b&w, sound.
Plot Point
2007, 13’39", colour, sound.

2007, 4’27", colour and b&w, silent.
Long Live the New Flesh
2009, 14’, colour, English spoken.
2010, 7’40", colour, silent.
2010, 20’, colour, sound.

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