Camille Henrot

  • Hanged Man
  • Hanged Man

Hanged Man

31 x 48 cm
© Camille Henrot
Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris

This collage works as a kind of exegetic reminder, a buried link to the film Coupé/ Décalé. The 1952 naturist review Vivre plus is one of the artist's prized possessions among her widely varied collection of objects found on the internet. This purchase, as well as the double-page spread presentation, adds  a certain complexity to the film's upside-down men. The naked lady's ecstatic expression with arms raised, similar to the male character at the film's end, and the caption that suggests transmitting well-being to children through physical activity, appear out of sync with the Hanged Man tarot card, which represents sacrifice and failure, though the figure's smile is a contradictory sign. Once ideals have been attained, the demonstration of courage is interpreted as a success that takes us back to that of the mystic capable of asceticism, of abandon, of jumping into the void in order to trace a line between heaven and earth.

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