Camille Henrot<br/>
<em>Bad Dad & Beyond</em> 2015<br/>
three dimensional resin print, HDMI 4 pi 10.1", HMDI cable, 9V AC/DC 1000 mA<br/>
power adaptor, IR sensor, 8 ohm speaker small, class D amp, soundcard (USBconnected),<br/>
1/8" cable, pushbutton, jumper wire: 6-pin female conn, RJ11 jack, 25 ft<br/>
Vodavi Gray Phone Cord, Rasp Pi 2 Model B V1.1, power cord USB, ethernet cable<br/>
24 x 20 x 9 inches (phone)<br/>
61 x 50.8 x 22.9 cm<br/>
44 x 20 x 9 inches (overall)<br/>
111.8 x 50.8 x 22.9 cm<br/>
Edition 1 of 2, 1 AP<br/>
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Camille Henrot
Bad Dad & Beyond 2015
Media Release • 18 May 21

Camille Henrot: Is Today Tomorrow

Tuesday 18 May: Camille Henrot, the French-born, Berlin-based contemporary artist, will be celebrated in an Australian-first survey of works that take a playful and inventive approach to addressing life’s big questions, opening at NGV International on 18 June 2021.

Camille Henrot is one of the most compelling contemporary artists working today. Born in Paris in 1978, the Berlin-based artist works across diverse media including sculpture, drawing, video and installation. Henrot references self-help, online second-hand marketplaces, cultural anthropology, literature, psychoanalysis, and social media to question what it means to be at once a private individual and a global subject.

The exhibition will also feature new watercolour works on paper that have never been exhibited before which explore aspects of human psychology, and the artist’s Interphones series of telephone sculptures that playfully draw attention to our relationship to authority and technology. In these interactive works, Henrot invites visitors to pick up a customised telephone and respond to prompts such as ‘Would you ever have sex at work? Is Google right about you? Are you gluten-free? Press control for yes. Enter for no.’

“From her early beginnings in film animation and music video, Camille Henrot has gone on to become one of the world’s most inventive and thoughtful contemporary artists,” said Tony Ellwood AM, Director, National Gallery of Victoria. “A meticulous researcher, Camille often draws on diverse disciplines in her art to offer us mesmerising insights into the complicated times in which we live, and she deftly uses humour to highlight and make sense of the peculiarities of daily life.”

In 2017, Henrot participated in the Carte Blanche series at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, resulting in the major survey exhibition Days are Dogs. For this exhibition, Henrot created the 3D film Saturday 2017, a work that draws connections between Seventh-day Adventist practices and humanity’s contemporary preoccupation with dieting, transparency, protest and aging. The film has recently been added to the NGV Collection. In the same year, Henrot participated in the inaugural NGV Triennial 2017 with the bronze sculpture Contrology 2016, which was also acquired for the NGV Collection, and takes a humorous approach towards exploring feelings around Monday – the first day of the working week. Both works will feature in Camille Henrot: Is Today Tomorrow.

The first major monograph on the artist will be published by the NGV on the occasion of the exhibition, edited by former NGV Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Dr Simon Maidment. The monograph features extensive new scholarship on the artist by a range of international voices including Dan Fox, Dr Shanay Jhaveri, Clara Meister, and NGV Curators of Contemporary Art Jane Devery and Pip Wallis and is designed by internationally renowned British designer James Langdon. Illustrated with key works from throughout the artist’s career, including a group of new works on paper, the more than 200 images featured in this publication illuminate the enormous diversity and potency of Henrot’s oeuvre.

Camille Henrot: Is Today Tomorrow will be on display at NGV International from 18 June – 24 October 2021. Free admission. Further information is available via the NGV website.

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