Camille Henrot | Days are Dogs
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France | 18.10.2017–7.1.2018
"Carte blanche" to Camille Henrot

Days are Dogs

In Autumn 2017 Palais de Tokyo is giving its entire exhibition space to Camille Henrot for the third installment of its series of cartes blanches exhibitions, which began in 2013 with Philippe Parreno and continued in 2016 with Tino Sehgal. For her carte blanche, Camille Henrot brings together an extensive group of her own works along with contributions from international artists with whom she maintains a productive dialogue. The invited artists are David Horvitz, Maria Loboda, Nancy Lupo, Samara Scott, and Avery Singer. Additionally, Henrot invited poet Jacob Bromberg, who she has collaborated with on a number of projects in the past. At the Palais, Bromberg has written supplementary texts for the exhibition and produced an original work for the space.

The exhibition explores the ways in which the invention of the seven day week structures our relationship to time. It reveals the way the notion of the week reassures us — giving us routines and a common framework — just as much as it alienates us, creating a set of constraints and dependencies.

Titled “Days are Dogs,” in reference to the expression for the sultry days of summer (“dog days”), the exhibition will be divided into seven thematic parts, each dedicated to a day of the week. Viewers will experience works that reflect the emotions and activities associated with each day as they move from day to day. Using this structure to organize her exhibition, Henrot emphasizes the impact of the dependencies, frustrations, and desires that emerge while living through the rhythm of the week. The exhibition explores ideas such as submission and revolt, both on an intimate, personal level — the dynamic of sexual relationships, for instance — and on a larger social level, where sociopolitical, economic and ideological power is abused and suffered.

Demonstrating the remarkable range of her artistic practice, Henrot presents mosaics, frescoes, and bronzes along with new works such as Saturday, her most important film since Grosse Fatigue (2013, Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale). Recent works conceived in anticipation of the carte blanche are also included.

Since the first presentation of Henrot’s now internationally recognised work in 2007, Palais de Tokyo has consistently exhibited her artwork. 

Curator: Daria de Beauvais