Camille Henrot

Camille Henrot, France
Camille Henrot portrait


Born in 1978, Camille Henrot graduated from the Ecole des Art Décoratif in Paris. She now lives and works in New York. Best-known for her videos and animated films combining drawn art, music and occasionally scratched or reworked cinematic images, Camille Henrot’s works blur the traditionally hierarchical categories of art history. Her works considers the fascination with the “other” and “elsewhere” in terms of both geography and sexuality. This encounter’s fascination is reflected in popular modern myths that have inspired her, such as King Kong and Frankenstein. She enjoys not being in full control and mastering a field, things that stem from her unbounding curiosity which forms the core of her practice.

With Public Delivery Video festival Fairy Tales, 2015

Fairy Tales - Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art

Fairy Tales was a video art festival at the Plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan.

Lida Abdul, Afghanistan
Said Atabekov, Kazakhstan
Mohamed Bourouissa, Algeria
Chen Chieh-Jen, Taiwan
Cao Fei, China
Yang Fudong, China
Cyprien Gaillard, France
Dejan Kaludjerović, Yugoslavia
Mari Kim, South Korea
Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Thailand
Taus Makhacheva, Russia
Almagul Menlibayeva, Kazakhstan
Mariko Mori, Japan
Ahmet Ögüt, Turkey
Adrian Paci, Italy
Public Delivery, South Korea
Wang Qingsong, China
Walid Raad, Lebanon
Cheng Ran, China & Item Idem, France
Taps & Moses, Germany
Guido van der Werve, Netherlands
Erwin Wurm, Austria
Miao Xiaochun, China



The Strife of Love in a Dream, 2011, 11min 37sec, Courtesy the artist, kamel mennour and Centre Pompidou, Paris

Exhibited: The Strife of Love in a Dream, 2011

The video opens with psychoanalyst Sudhir Kakar’s line that ‘India is the unconsciousness of the West’ was commissioned by the Centre Pompidou’s show “Paris-Delhi-Bombay” in 2011. Mixing shot across India and France, the video dresses scenes of Shiva-worshipping pilgrims at Annamalaiyar Temple in Tamil Nadu, with workers sorting through hundreds and thousands of strips of Atarax, a pill use to appease anxiety and cure allergies, as well as snake bites. Over the 11min, she references the fascination and fear snakes, across eastern and western myths, inspire, from Adam and Eve, to Medusa or even with Hermes’ Caduceus in the pharmaceutical world. Through such images and symbols, she portrays a universalism, which highlights similarities over contextualization and specific historical, economical or cultural conditions that would influence behaviors.

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