Palais de Tokyo's Latest Carte Blanche Goes to Camille Henrot
How much of our lives is determined by time? Is it all of it? Doesn’t it all revolve around a week, as the ultimate measure of our entire existence? The concept of seven days in a circle as the most foundational structure we know is now central to the latest exhibition of works by Camille Henrot, hosted by Palais de Tokyo. For their third Carte Blanche show, which was previously given to Tino Sehgal, they invited the French-born artist who, in turn, invited five other artists to exhibit alongside her, under the title Days are Dogs. Here, each day corresponds to a room, an open world where emotions, conventions and individual freedom are playfully confronted with one another.
Seven Circles of Life
While years are measured by the journey of the Earth around the sun; months come from the position of the Moon; and days derive from our planet spinning around itself, weeks are completely invented – like a work of fiction. Yet, as imagined as it is, a week has an immense emotional and psychological impact on us, the human beings, as we experience it as a narrative cycle. A week almost became our figure of authority, dictating terms of our being, each day within having a color, a mood, a shape even. They take their names from the mythology and cosmos, such as Moon for Monday, the god Thor for Thursday, the god Saturn for Saturday; except now, they are marked by hashtag as well, in spirit of contemporary times. On view, there are works by Camille Henrot herself, some of which are to be unveiled for the first time, as well as those by international artists she chose to enter into a dialog with, broadening the scope of each day.
Days are Dogs
One common association with a period of a week could be routine – the same row of days repeating itself in a loop, providing us all with a common framework that joins and divides us alike. The artworks on view will be organized to reflect on each day, reflecting the emotions, constraints, frustrations and activities connected to them. The show title Days are Dogs, refers to the expression for the sultry days of summer – dog days – and will be emphasized through artworks like mosaics, frescoes, and bronzes, alongside new works such as Saturday, her most significant film since the 2013 Grosse Fatigue, which won her the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale, as well as brand new pieces created prior to the carte blanche.
Camille Henrot Art at Palais de Tokyo
Days are Dogs, an exhibition of works by Camille Henrot, is on view at Palais de Tokyo in Paris from October 18th, 2017 through January 7th, 2018. The show will seek to operate through composition and decomposition of archipelagoes of artworks, including those by invited artists Avery Singer, David Horvitz, Maria Loboda, Nancy Lupo and Samara Scott. It will further empower the relationship between Henrot and Palais de Tokyo, which started in 2007 and has been developing ever since.
Featured images: Camille Henrot – Tug of War, 2017. Metal and plastic chains, rubber hoses, textile ropes, wood on steel construction, jiu jitsu mats, 88.58 x 708.66 x 118.1 inches (225 x 1800 x 300 cm). Photo: Jorit Aust, courtesy of the artist, Kunsthalle Wien (Wien) and kamel mennour (Paris/London); König Galerie (Berlin); Metro Pictures (New York). © ADAGP, Paris 2017; Exhibition view Monday, Fondazione Memmo, Rome, 2016, photo: Daniele Molajoli, courtesy of the artist, Fondazione Memmo (Rome) and kamel mennour (Paris/London); König Galerie (Berlin) ; Metro Pictures (New York). © ADAGP, Paris 2017; Office of Unreplied Emails. Prints on silicone, variable dimensions. Photo: Roman Maerz, courtesy of the artist and König Galerie (Berlin); kamel mennour (Paris/London); Metro Pictures (New York). © ADAGP, Paris 2017; Exhibition view Cities of Ys, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, USA, 2013. Project selected by the board of the Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques and supported by Etant Donnés, courtesy of the artist, New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans) and kamel mennour (Paris/London); König Galerie (Berlin); Metro Pictures (New York). © ADAGP, Paris 2017; Camille Henrot – Saturday, 2017. Source image, courtesy of the artist; kamel mennour (Paris/London); König Galerie (Berlin); Metro Pictures (New York). © ADAGP, Paris 2017. All images courtesy Palais de Tokyo.