The Pale Fox – Camille Henrot in Copenhagen

Ally Bisshop

Camille Henrot - The Pale Fox

On a recent trip to Copenhagen, I stopped in at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg to see Camille Henrot’s exhibition, The Pale Fox. I was already taken with Henrot’s work – having seen and been a little thrilled by her film Grosse Fatigue in Venice at the Biennale last year – which also won her the Silver Lion.

The exhibition at Charlottenborg featured this film again – which I was happy to see in a more spacious and accommodating site than the crowded room in Venice in which I had first seen it.

 

Grosse Fatigue
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Grosse Fatigue
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Grosse Fatigue

Grosse Fatigue

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For those who haven’t seen it, Grosse Fatigue is a novel approach to a videographic re-telling of the story of creation, which embraces and absorbs a myriad of cultural and anthropological perspectives. The images – largely drawn from her residency at the Smithsonian Institution – are set to a beat poem read by Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh, with music by Henrot’s partner, Joakim.

Alluding to the layering of historical narratives that a comprehensive creation story enfolds, the video imagery itself features constant layering and flipping between museological artefacts and graphic distillations of concepts.

Henrot’s work is thrilling because it pinpoints – with chaotic and loose precision – something of the strange, overlapping, and referential network of data, images, theory and narrative in which we find ourselves embedded.

The other room at Charlottenborg – an immersive oceanic blue which bathed the carpet and walls – was a three-dimensional installation counterpoint to the hydra of networks and connections alluded to in the film; collected and commissioned sculptures, images, objects, which speak to the strange attractions and conversations between distinct cultural tropes and ideas.

 

Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2014
Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2014
Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2014
Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2014

Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2014

Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2014

Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2014

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Henrot is an exciting artist whose oeuvre is surprisingly diverse – and stretches from ikebana (featured in her exhibition ‘Snake Grass’ here in Berlin at Schinkel Pavillon earlier this year) to sculpture, drawing to film. I find her perspective original and inspired.

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