Camille Henrot at Fondazione Memmo

18.Camille Henrot, Monday. Installation view, Fondazione Memmo, Rome, 2016jpg

Artist: Camille Henrot

Exhibition title: Monday

Curated by: Cloé Perrone

Venue: Fondazione Memmo, Rome, Italy

Date: May 12 – November 6, 2016

Photography: Daniele Molajoli, all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Fondazione Memmo, Rome

Days correspond to one rotation of the earth; our corrupted months derive from the position of the moon; years are measured by the journey of the earth around the sun. The week, by contrast, is a fiction, a human invention. Yet that does not diminish its emotional and psychological effects. We experience it as a narrative cycle— with associated nadirs, crescendos, climaxes—structured by the particular qualities of its component days.

Camille Henrot’s exhibition at Fondazione Memmo takes inspiration from the first and most disorderly of the week’s days. At its heart are a series of bronzes that hover between the figurative and abstract, a cast of allegorical characters embodying the emotional and intellectual states particular to the beginning of the week. Derelitta, inspired by the painting ascribed to Botticelli, is either unable or unwilling to leave her bed; an athlete stands alone on a podium, defeated; a melancholic dissolves into tears while waiting for a text message that will never come; a fickle figure stands caught between states, inconstant like the moon from which Monday takes its name.

Monday might be tainted with melancholy, yet it is also the day on which we renew our faith in the miraculous. At the beginning of each week (from the Old English wice, meaning ‘a turning’) we feel the possibility of dramatic change, and the inclination to withdraw from the world is linked with this yearning for transformation. Writers and artists have long embodied the relationship between ostensible unproductivity and creative inspiration—one thinks of Proust in his cork-lined room or Matisse painting from bed—while patience, introspection, and solitude are cited in religious traditions as means by which we can access the divine and effect spiritual change in ourselves. Monday’s transcendence is predicated upon close attention to mundane things. The frescoes produced for Fondazione Memmo—the binding plaster for which is made in the traditional manner, from marble dust and lime putty—integrate found documents, papers, and small objects alluding to Henrot’s own creative inspirations to explore the relationship between action and inaction, the mundane and the extraordinary.

These preoccupations with indulgence, creativity, change and repetition also find expression in the zoetrope (from the Greek, “life turning”) created for the show at Fondazione Memmo. Henrot’s cast of human-dog hybrids dances around a maypole in ritual celebration of renewal and rebirth. That they are tethered to a single point recalls New York’s professional dog walkers, while the inclusion of the zodiacal bull and twins hints at the artist’s interest in astrology as an organizing principle for human experience. The week is, like mythological narratives and astrological charts, a means of imposing order on the chaos of existence. These are the rhythms of our lives, the instruments we use to make sense of our compulsion to repeat. The artist elevates our struggle to get through the day to the status of an epic.

–Ben Eastham

Camille Henrot was born in Paris in 1978. She had solo exhibitions at the New Museum, New York (2014), Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin (2014), New Orleans Museum of Art (2013) and has been included in 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015), 9th Taipei Biennale (2014) and 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014). Her solo show The Pale Fox travelled from Chisenhale Gallery, London (2014) to Kunsthal Charlottenburg, Copenhagen (2014); Bétonsalon, Paris (2014); Wesfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2015) and König Galerie, Berlin (2015). In 2015, she was the recipient of the inaugural Edvard Munch Art Award. She also won the Nam June Paik Award (2014) and the Silver Lion prize for most promising young artist at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). In 2016, Camille Henrot will participate to the 20th Biennale of Sydney and the 9th Berlin Biennale, she will co-curate Volcano Extravaganza. Henrot has forthcoming exhibitions scheduled at Madre Museum, Naples (2016); the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2017) and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2017).

2. Camille Henrot, It is a Poor Heart That Never Rejoinces. Fresco,2016

Camille Henrot, It is a Poor Heart That Never Rejoinces, 2016
Fresco, 423 x 401 cm

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Camille Henrot, It is a Poor Heart That Never Rejoinces, 2016
Fresco, 423 x 401 cm

2. Camille Henrot, It is a Poor Heart That Never Rejoinces. Fresco,2016

Camille Henrot, It is a Poor Heart That Never Rejoinces, 2016
Fresco, 423 x 401 cm

3. Camille Henrot, It is a Poor Heart That Never Rejoinces.Fresco, detail, 2016

Camille Henrot, It is a Poor Heart That Never Rejoinces, 2016 (detail)
Fresco, 423 x 401 cm

4.Camille Henrot, It is a Poor Heart That Never Rejoinces.Fresco, detail, 2016

Camille Henrot, It is a Poor Heart That Never Rejoinces, 2016 (detail)
Fresco, 423 x 401 cm

5. Camille Henrot, Monday Morning Miracle. Fresco, 2016

Camille Henrot, Monday Morning Miracle, 2016
Fresco, 423 x 398 cm

6. Camille Henrot, Monday Morning Miracle. Fresco, 2016

Camille Henrot, Monday Morning Miracle, 2016
Fresco, 423 x 398 cm

7. Camille Henrot, Monday Morning Miracle. Fresco, detail, 2016

Camille Henrot, Monday Morning Miracle, 2016 (detail)
Fresco, 423 x 398 cm

8. Camille Henrot, A Long Face, Fresco, detail, 2016

Camille Henrot, A Long Face, 2016 (detail)
Fresco, 423 x 400 cm

9. Camille Henrot, Monday, Installation view. Fondazione Memmo, 2016

11. Camille Henrot, Pity should begin at Home. Fresco, detail, 2016

Camille Henrot, Pity should begin at Home, 2016 (detail)
Fresco, 448 x 538 cm

12. Camille Henrot,A Dog’s Life. Fresco, 2016

Camille Henrot, A Dog’s Life, 2016
Fresco, 448 x 427 cm

13. Camille Henrot, Dropping the Ball. Bronze, wood, plaster, 2016

Camille Henrot, Dropping the Ball, 2016
Bronze, iron, copper, 167 x 67 x 298 cm

14. Camille Henrot, Monday. Installation view, Fondazione Memmo, 2016

15. Camille Henrot, Derelitta. Bronze, aluminium, iron. 2016

Camille Henrot, Derelitta, 2016
Bronze, aluminium, iron, 247 x 62 x 97 cm

16. Camille Henrot, Monday. Installation view, Fondazione Memmo, Rome, 2016 jpg

17. Camille Henrot, Monday. Installation view, Fondazione Memmo, Rome, 2016. jpg

18.Camille Henrot, Monday. Installation view, Fondazione Memmo, Rome, 2016jpg

19. Camille Henrot, Monday. Installation view, Fondazione Memmo, Rome, 2016jpg

20. Camile Henrot, Punti Cardinali. Bronze, 2016

Camile Henrot, Punti Cardinali, 2016
Bronce, 30 x 25 x 125 cm each

21. Camille Henrot, Overwrought little college girl. Bronze, 2016

Camille Henrot, Overwrought little college girl, 2016
Bronce

22. Camille Henrot, May 2016 Horoscope. Canadian birch ply-wood

Camille Henrot, May 2016 Horoscope, 2016
Canadian birch ply-wood, 3-d printed pieces, motor, aluminum motor mount and frame, LED lights. Assembled sculpture measures 88.5 inches dia x 55 inches H

23. Camille Henrot, Monday. Installation view, Fondazione Memmo, Rome, 2016jpg

24. Camille Henrot, Undelivered Message. Bronze, wood. 2016

Camille Henrot, Undelivered Message, 2016
Bronze, wood, 50 x 110 x 310 cm

25. Camille Henrot, In the Doldrums. Fresco, detail, 2016

Camille Henrot, In the Doldrums, 2016
Fresco, 25 x 2994 cm (approx.)

26. Camille Henrot, Monday. Installation view, Fondazione Memmo, Rome, 2016jpg

27. Camille Henrot, No Message. Bronze, aluminium, laser disk. 2016

Camille Henrot, No Message, 2016
Bronze, aluminium, laser disk, 132 x 41,5 x 234 cm

28. Camille Henrot, No Message. Bronze, aluminium, laser disk. Detail,2016

Camille Henrot, No Message, 2016 (detail)
Bronze, aluminium, laser disk, 132 x 41,5 x 234 cm

29. Camille Henrot, Monday. Installation view, Fondazione Memmo, Rome, 2016

30. Camille Henrot, The Man Who Understands Animal Speech Will Be Pope 2016

Camille Henrot, The Man Who Understands Animal Speech Will Be Pope, 2016
Bronze, marble, 67 x 23 x 221 cm

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