Camille Henrot | Grosse Fatigue
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal | 17.10.2015–10.1.2016
Presented in the exhibition Il Palazzo Enciclopedico as part of the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, Grosse Fatigue earned Camille Henrot the Silver Lion for promising young artist.
This video installation unfolds to the rhythm of fluid superimpositions, juxtapositions andassociations of images and words in a series of pop-ups and open windows on a screen. Thethirteen-minute piece is accompanied by a narration written in collaboration with the poetJacob Bromberg and spoken by Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh. Like all of Henrot’s works—films,drawings, sculptures, collections of images and objects—Grosse Fatigue speaks of her interestin anthropology, philosophy, literature, music and metonymical relationships.Henrot produced Grosse Fatigue during a residency at the Smithsonian Institution inWashington. Inspired by the encyclopedia concept as she delved into the Smithsonian’s collectionsand databases, she undertook to collect all the Creation stories in the world, even as shewas fully aware of the impossibility of this task.In addition to the Silver Lion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, Camille Henrot won the 2014Nam June Paik Award and was nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2010. Her work hasbeen featured in some fifteen solo exhibitions, most notably Cities of Ys at the New OrleansMuseum of Art in 2013; The Restless Earth at the New Museum, New York, in 2014; and The PaleFox at the Chisenhale Gallery, London. This last exhibition was co-produced by Bétonsalon –Centre d’art et de recherche, Paris, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, and WestfälischerKunstverein, Münster; it was presented in each of those cities, in turn, in 2014 and 2015. Henrothas taken part in numerous group shows, including the Triennale du Palais de Tokyo in Paris in2012. She is represented in many public and private collections: François Pinault Foundation,Venice; Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée d’art moderne de la villede Paris; MoMA, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; HaraMuseum, Tokyo; Caja de Burgos, Barcelona; LACMA, Los Angeles; MCA Chicago; NMNMMonaco; and Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, Paris. Camille Henrot is a graduate of the Écolenationale supérieure des arts décoratifs de Paris. Born in Paris in 1978, she has lived and workedin New York since January 2013.
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