Camille Henrot


  • Dear Survivors / Let It Be Known That You Are Not Alone
  • Dear Survivors / Let It Be Known That You Are Not Alone
  • Dear Survivors / Let It Be Known That You Are Not Alone
  • Dear Survivors / Let It Be Known That You Are Not Alone
  • Dear Survivors / Let It Be Known That You Are Not Alone
  • Dear Survivors / Let It Be Known That You Are Not Alone

Dear Survivors / Let It Be Known That You Are Not Alone

Plaster, white concrete and stainless steel
View of the exhibition “Dynasty”, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris - palais de Tokyo, Paris
© Camille Henrot
Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris

This work was conceived for the exhibition Dynasty, which took place simultaneously in two institutions that face one another. A large ceramic dish was broken into pieces and these pieces were "distributed" randomly in each institution, then crudely reassembled, sometimes with the addition of ceramic clay. In this process, the pair of sculptures reenacts the Ancient Greek mode of contract which gave its name to the word symbol (fragments of broken pottery were a warranty for the two participants of an agreement). With their stacking aesthetics, they recall the cairn: the funeral monument and landmark on the mountain trails that exist among the Inuit and the Corsicans, as well as among Jewish and Gaelic traditions; they recall the idea of the Golem as well - the creature made of earth, both massive and fragile. The sculptures are then symbols of the function of the symbol itself: linking fragments, giving meaning to reality.

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