“Camille Henrot: The Restless Earth”
May 7 - June 29 2014
In her work, Henrot (b. 1978 Paris, France; lives and works in New York) analyzes systems of visual information and typologies of objects from a wide array of historical moments. She has produced a number of visual essays in which she follows intuitive research pursuits across disciplines and finds a variety of aesthetic and morphological links between disparate systems of knowledge. Henrot’s practice combines anthropological research with a staggering range of cultural fragments reflective of the current digital age. Her exhibition at the New Museum provides a survey of her recent work.
The title, “The Restless Earth,” is borrowed from a poem by the Martinican writer Édouard Glissant, known for his novels, poems, and writings on colonialism and diversity. The exhibition features four of Henrot’s recent videos including Grosse Fatigue, a standout of the recent Venice Biennale, garnering her the Silver Lion as most promising young artist. The work extends on earlier videos like Coupé/Décalé(2010) and Million Dollar Point (2011), which capture rituals and landscapes that move across history and bridge disparate cultures and geographies. “The Restless Earth” also includes several series of works on paper and a new installation of “Is it possible to be a revolutionary and like flowers?” (2012–14). In this series, Henrot translates books from her library into ikebana arrangements, connecting the languages of literature, anthropology, and philosophy with the equally complex language of flowers. Through translation as well as archival research and the creation of hybrid objects—apparent throughout the artist’s videos, sculptures, and works on paper—Henrot demonstrates how the classification of artifacts and the production of images structure the way we understand the world.
Courtesy the artist and New Museum, New York