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The Beaver Moon - as part of the WDWXXV edition set

The Beaver Moon - as part of the WDWXXV edition set, 2015 - Camille Henrot

The Beaver Moon - as part of the WDWXXV edition set, 2015

Camille Henrot  

80 x 20 cm / 31.5 x 7.87 inch
Edition of 15 copies, signed and numbered by the artists on a certificate (with the exception of Lawrence Weiner)

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  • Medium: 10 lambda prints in plexi box frame
  • This edition is a suite of 10 prints each measuring 20 x 80 cm in a plexi box frame
  • The Lawrence Weiner print that is part of this set is unsigned
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about this work

When faced with the large-scale light box which functions as the ongoing display module for the In Light Of 25 Years series, artist Camille Henrot was reminded of her training in animation. Although the production of animation has by now gone mainly digital, light box based animation remains an essential part of animation studies.

During her research into the exhibition history of Witte de With, Camille Henrot was drawn to the works of Michelangelo Pistoletto, who used mirrors and photography to create trompe l’oeils where the distinction between physical objects and representations is blurred. Also of inspiration were the video works by Ulrike Ottinger, who had a solo exhibition at Witte de With in 2004. In these videos, a universe of strange characters unfolds, inspired by countercultures and questioning norms and morals.

For her new work, titled The Beaver Moon, Henrot drew two human-like characters and staged them as if involved in domestic activities of maintenance and cleaning, reminding us that exhibition spaces are the homes of artworks, and sometimes of artists as well. The creatures are ambiguous, existing somewhere between the realms of male and female, human and bird. They are reminiscent of the Egyptian god Thoth, who has the body of a man and the head of an ibis, and who was the god of writing, science, and magic. Thoth was believed to be self-begotten, and was considered the care-keeper of the universe.

This edition is part of a set that was produced in the context of Witte de With’s In Light Of 25 Years. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Witte de With examined its history, dedicating its ground-floor gallery to a series of commissioned presentations by a select group of contemporary artists. Each participant created an image-based work that analyzed certain sediments of contemporary art history. Presented on a large-scale double-sided light box these anniversary commissions were visible to the city day and night. Throughout 2015, In Light Of 25 Years functioned as a space for artists and curators to respond to developments in contemporary art, its landscape and possibilities, departing from Witte de With’s past program.

WDWXXV brings together the ten In Light Of 25 Years commissions. Presented in a slim Plexiglas box frame, inspired by the light box itself, this limited edition portfolio features ten high quality prints by the participating artists Özlem AltinWineke GartzCamille HenrotGermaine KruipMahonyRaimundas MalašauskasZin TaylorFreek WambacqLawrence Weiner, and Xu Zhen. Have a look at the individual artist pages to read more about each specific edition. 

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  

You can also discover more of Camille Henrot’s work on her own website

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