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Okay Not Okay

Okay Not Okay, 2020 - Camille Henrot

Okay Not Okay, 2020

Camille Henrot  

Sculpture, Mixed Media
2,6 x 1,8 cm / 1.02 x 0.71 inch
Edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by the artist on COA

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  • Medium: 24k gold-plated brass
  • Each pendant measures 2,6 x 1,8 cm - and there are two pendant on the necklace
  • This necklace is ready to wear
  • Ships in 5 to 10 business days from Berlin (DE)

about this work

Inspired by “Jean qui rit, Jean qui pleure” (literally, “Jean who laughs, Jean who cries”), a popular figure with a long tradition in France who embodies the all-too-human ability for sudden and drastic mood swings, Okay Not Okay (2020) is a response to the ubiquitous platitude: How are you? One does not usually pose the question out of any real curiosity for another’s well-being; rather, the inquiry functions as a polite, friendly greeting that has become an automatic reflex and thus essentially devoid of sincerity or meaning. Camille Henrot has created these two gold-plated brass pendants to function as a sort of nonverbal answer to the over-asked question, letting those around you know your mood and indicating whether or not they should risk asking you at all.

about Camille Henrot

Camille Henrot's diverse practice combines film, drawing, and sculpture. Taking inspiration from subjects as varied as literature, mythology, cinema, anthropology, evolutionary biology, religion and the banality of everyday life, Henrot’s work acutely reconsiders the typologies of objects and established systems of knowledge.

A 2013 artistic fellowship at the Smithsonian resulted in her film Grosse Fatigue, for which she was awarded the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Recent solo exhibitions include the New Museum, New York; the New Orleans Museum of Art; Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Kunsthal Charlottenborg; Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster; Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris; and MCA, Chicago. Group exhibitions include Salzburger Kunstverein, Kunsthalle Vienna; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museo de Arte Moderno Medellín; MoMA, New York; Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan; Musée du Louvre, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Yerba Buena, San Francisco; and MACBA, Barcelona.

Forthcoming solo exhibitions are scheduled at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Camille Henrot is represented by the following galleries;
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Kamel Mennour, Paris / London  

König Gallery, Berlin  

Metro Pictures, New York  

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