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Camille Henrot

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Camille Henrot’s diverse practice combines film, drawing, and sculpture. Taking inspiration from subjects as varied as literature, mythology, cinema, anthropology, evolutionary biology, religion and the banality of everyday life, Henrot’s work acutely reconsiders the typologies of objects and established systems of knowledge. She is the recipient of the 2014 Nam June Paik Award and the Edvard Munch Art Award 2015, and she was most recently named one of the 20 Most Influential Artists of 2017 by Artsy.net.

Her groundbreaking work, Grosse Fatigue, was awarded the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale and has since been included in exhibitions globally, most recently in The Message: New Media Works. To create the video, which entered the Hirshhorn’s collection in 2013, Henrot mined the Smithsonian archives to uncover stories of the creation of the universe from a variety of religions and indigenous traditions. The final piece forms a collective “origin story for the world” by combining images and video clips that pop up in browser windows on a computer screen with a narrative soundtrack of spoken-word poetry performed by visual and performance artist Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh.

Henrot and Orraca-Tetteh come together to discuss the project and more with Mark Beasley, Robert and Arlene Kogod Secretarial Scholar, Curator of Media and Performance Art.


March 22, 2018
6:30 pm–7:30 pm
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