CAMILLE HENROT : « SNAKE GRASS » / Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin /  05.04.-11.05.2014 /Opening, 04.04.2014, 7 pm.

Le pavillon Schinkel à Berlin invite l’artiste française Camille Henrot pour sa première exposition en Allemagne. Camille Henrot (1978), distinguée lors de la dernière Biennale de Venise par un Lion d’argent pour sa vidéo « Grosse fatigue », y présentera »snake Grass », une installation de deux travaux distincts dont une sculpture « is it possible to be a revolutionary and like flowers ? » ainsi qu’une video installée dans les sous-sols du pavillon, intitulée « The strife of Love » (2011, 11 mn). Une exposition dont la commissaire est Clara Meister.


Schinkel Pavillon presents the first institutional solo exhibition in Germany of the French artist Camille Henrot (*1978 in Paris). The exhibition Snake Grass combines two different works. In the vitreous octagon, which defines the heart of the building, new works of the sculpture series Is it possible to be a revolutionary and like flowers? (since 2011) will be on display. In addition, Schinkel Pavillon will open the former Schinkel Bar in its souterrain for the first time and screen The Strife of Love (2011, 11 min.). The exhibition is curated by Clara Meister.

Camille Henrot is an explorer with a curious and also poetical perspective on our times. In the luminous space – Schinkel Pavillon was originally set up as a garden pavilion – Henrot shows delicate flower arrangements of the series Is it possible to be a revolutionary and like flowers? Since 2011 the artist translates various books of her private library into ikebana sculptures, referring to quotes of the selected books. The flower arrangements show analogies in terms of the texture, aesthetic and effect of the used plants or their designations. They also impress with their sophistically arranged combinations and sculptural configurations – whether minimally arranged in vases, produced or found repositories, in combination with everyday objects such as rubber hoses or network cables hanging in the space or as spacious installation. Each one of the underlying books – whether it is a scientific book or fiction – deals with the subject and the other, with exoticism and authenticity but also tries to give an answer to basic questions of anthropology. For the presentation in the Schinkel Pavillon, Henrot expands the series on new ikebana sculptures reffering to works by Alexander of Humboldt, Novalis and Hannah Arendt.

The snake is the key note of The Strife of Love in a Dream (2011, 11 min.), the symbol of pain and creation as well, which is regarded as deathly and salutary in the Western as well as in the Indian Culture. In her films, Camille Henrot processes images of fear and the human attempts to master their pain with the help of religion, medicine or artworks in a symbolic way. Highlighted with a gloomy sound, image sequences string together and apparently follow an irregular pulse. The film was shot in India; pictures of a pilgrimage appear again and again, an Indian pharmaceutic production facility producing medicine against anxiety states and the taking of snake venom.

With the kind support of Schering Foundation and the Bureau des arts plastiques of the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

Schinkel Pavillon e.V. Oberwallstrasse 1 10117 Berlin


visuel : 1- Camille Henrot, photo DR / 2- Camille Henrot, Robinson Crusoé, Daniel Defoë (serie Is it possible to be a revolutionary and like flowers?), 2012 Installation — Dimensions variables, kamel mennour, Paris © Camille Henrot — Photo. Fabrice Seixas — Courtesy the artist and kamel Mennour, Paris

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