South likes: Camille Henrot at Chisenhale Gallery, London

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Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, 2014, installation view, Chisenhale Gallery. Courtesy kamel mennour, Paris and Johann König, Berlin. Photo: Andy Keate. © ADAGP

South likes: Camille Henrot at Chisenhale Gallery, London
The Pale Fox 
Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK
28 February – 13 April, 2014

An ambient soundtrack playing on loop and an intense blue-coloured gallery space create a dense environment accommodating a vast collection of objects. Each wall appears as a segment of our ever-growing understanding of our surroundings: technology and mass media reality meet with memorabilia from a teenager’s room and sculptures that remind of primitive civilisations. An aluminium shelf structure surrounds the space, acting as a linear timeline, guiding us across a clean environment of objects cautiously grouped in the manner of a design-showcase. At the starting point of this construction we are allowed to move in a spacious environment. Yet the gradual accumulation of the objects, suggests the creation of a personal narrative; different objects catch each viewer’s attention, as their quantity creates an uneasy atmosphere. In the end, we come across a series of large blank pages, hinting at the notion of tabula rasa and questioning our ability to consciously choose the information we would use to fill them with. Are we able to make this decision? Or are we rather drawn to an immediate response by horror vacui? The Pale Fox can be seen as the physical representation of the excessive information we receive everyday, making us wonder what really drives our craving for knowledge.

Marina Maniadaki

http://www.chisenhale.org.uk/exhibitions/current_exhibition.php

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Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, 2014, installation view, Chisenhale Gallery. Courtesy kamel mennour, Paris and Johann König, Berlin. Photo: Andy Keate. © ADAGP

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Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, 2014, installation view, Chisenhale Gallery. Courtesy kamel mennour, Paris and Johann König, Berlin. Photo: Andy Keate. © ADAGP

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Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, 2014, installation view, Chisenhale Gallery. Courtesy kamel mennour, Paris and Johann König, Berlin. Photo: Andy Keate. © ADAGP

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Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, 2014, installation view, Chisenhale Gallery. Courtesy kamel mennour, Paris and Johann König, Berlin. Photo: Andy Keate. © ADAGP

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Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, 2014, installation view, Chisenhale Gallery. Courtesy kamel mennour, Paris and Johann König, Berlin. Photo: Andy Keate. © ADAGP

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Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, 2014, installation view, Chisenhale Gallery. Courtesy kamel mennour, Paris and Johann König, Berlin. Photo: Andy Keate. © ADAGP

 

 

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