Camille Henrot

Lecture & Dining

Camille Henrot (French, born 1978) investigates structures of both visual material and the categorization of objects from a multitude of historical moments. Henrot deploys a wide variety of mediums, including traditional techniques such as bronze, drawing, film and ikebana, with new technologies in order to deconstruct totalizing and universal systems of representation, classification and history. Through her extensive research and creative process, she raises questions of similarity and difference, partial connections, and the origins of the borders we create. She says, “In my work, I’m basically obsessed with ethical questions, our relationship to guilt, unresolved problems that are at once personal and political.”


Henrot lives and works in New York. In 2017 she opened a major exhibition, Days Are Dogs, at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, where she was the third artist, and first woman, to be given “carte blanche” at the institution. She has had additional solo exhibitions at international institutions such as Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Chisenhale Gallery, London; New Museum, New York; and the New Orleans Museum of Art, among others. Henrot has exhibited in group shows at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo; Stedelijk Museum, Netherlands; and SculptureCenter, New York. She participated in the 9th Berlin Biennale; Prospect 3, New Orleans; and the 2014 Taipei and Gwangju Biennials. She received the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale, the 2014 Nam Jun Paik Award, and the 2015 Edvard Munch Award, which will be accompanied by a one-person exhibition at the Munch Museum in Oslo in 2021.

Camille Henrot, Saturday, 2017 (film still). 3D color video with sound, 19 min. 32 sec. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.