Camille Henrot


  • Augmented Objects
  • Augmented Objects
  • Augmented Objects
  • Augmented Objects
  • Augmented Objects
  • Augmented Objects
  • Augmented Objects
  • Augmented Objects
  • Augmented Objects
  • Augmented Objects
  • Augmented Objects
  • Augmented Objects

Augmented Objects

Installation. 36 found objects cotaed with tar and clay (Variable dimensions)
View of the exhibitions "WANI", Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard and "Perspectives”, Espace culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris
© Camille Henrot
Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris

"Taking multiple forms, from films and sculptures, to installations Camille Henrot’s work challenges the material aspect of our culture from an anthropological point of view. For her series Objets augmentés, ordinary objects found on eBay or on the “thieves’ market” (which used to be across the street from the Treasury in Belleville, Paris) are coated in earth and tar repeatedly, until loosing their form and function. Not only does the artist’s intervention mark a transition from the recognisable to the shapeless, but it also indicates a change of status: from the anonymity of mass production, the object becomes unique, it is set apart. Despite their equivocal temporality and geography, the pieces succeed in evoking an object that is emblematic of France’s collective guilty consciousness over colonialism: the stolen African Kono statuette whose story is recounted by Michel Leiris in L’Afrique Fantôme. Beyond any anthropological dimension, if one is to redraw the route taken by the objects hidden beneath the multiple layers of tar, one is further confronted to the key components of contemporary industrial production – from underpaid labour, to the globalised networks of the distribution of goods."
Written by Bétonsalon

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