Camille Henrot


  • The Cages
  • The Cages
  • The Cages
  • The Cages
  • The Cages
  • The Cages
  • The Cages
  • The Cages

The Cages

Installation : wood and steel cages
Variable dimensions
View of the exhibition “Elles”, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Collection du Musée National d’art Moderne
© Camille Henrot
Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris

The occupied cage is a container (sometimes temporary) for a living being that has been separated from its environment. The empty cages are an image that leaks off-screen. Here, the cages are formed by skewed surfaces. They are both organic and geometric, paradoxically closed and open objects (open because light passes through them). These cages are fictitious categories that reveal the arbitrariness of natural and cultural categories as well as the pleasure the human mind takes in circumscribing and contemplating these categories. The piece is about building on the ambivalence that exists between the wish for unity and the necessity of separation. It is also, of course, a cosmological image, that of a beginning: the purpose of which is to gather the fragments of a supposed primitive unity, like an image of the "big bang"… while at the same time admitting the impossibility of this reconstitution.

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