The Restless Earth

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Grosse Fatigue, 2013 Video, Color, Sound 13 Min © Courtesy of the artist & The New Museum
The Restless Earth

235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
May 7th, 2014 - June 29th, 2014
Opening: May 7th, 2014 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

east village/lower east side
Wed, Fri-Sun 11-6; Thu 11-9
works on paper, video-art, sculpture, installation


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 will provide 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 will feature 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.

“Camille Henrot: The Restless Earth” will be on view on the Second Floor from May 7–June 29, 2014.

Camille Henrot’s work has been exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the 55th Venice Biennale. In 2010, she was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp, and in 2013, she was the recipient of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in Washington, DC, where she produced the video Grosse Fatigue. Henrot currently has a solo exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, London, which will travel to Bétonsalon – Centre for art and research, Paris, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, and the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster.