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(At Home) On Art and Origin Stories: Artist Talk with Camille Henrot and Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh
Camille Henrot’s diverse practice moves seamlessly between film, painting, drawing, sculpture and installation.
A 2013 fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution resulted in her film Grosse Fatigue, for which she was awarded the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale. The 13-minute film has since been included in exhibitions globally, including in the Hirshhorn’s 2017 The Message: New Media Works. Last year, ARTnews named it one of the most important artworks of the 2010s. Grosse Fatigue critiques the human ambition to represent the totality of the world, an aspiration that underpins many museum collections. To create the film, which entered the Hirshhorn’s collection in 2013, Henrot searched through the Smithsonian archives for material that would reference creation stories from scientific, hermetic, and oral discourses. The fragments and objects sourced and filmed by Henrot appear within different computer desktop windows opening and closing, each with its own frame of reference. The accumulation of layered windows draws a parallel between museums’ drive to acquire and consumer culture. The film is structured around a poem voiced by multidisciplinary artist Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh, and written in collaboration with Jacob Bromberg, with music by Joakim Bouaziz.
Henrot and Orraca-Tetteh come together to discuss the project and more with Hirshhorn associate curator Marina Isgro.

Oct 28, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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