"Wher", Camille Blatrix, ©Isabelle Giovacchini

©Isabelle Giovacchini


Camille Blatrix was born in 1984. He works and lives in Paris, where he studied at the l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Blatrix is the recipient of the Prix fondation d’entreprise Ricard (2014). His work focuses on everyday objects: interphones, cash machines, mailboxes, which he modifies until they become unrecognizable. Blatrix invents futuristic pieces seeking to establish an emotional and poetic connection with their observer.    

For Joining Forces with the Unknown, Camille Blatrix hybridises a floor cleaner with a marine mammal to create a half-futuristic, half-organic form beached on the exhibition space, a dysfunctional machine, which the artist calls Wher. The artist’s enigmatic sculptures represent multiple invitations to enter unresolved narratives. This piece thus continues the artist’s collaboration with the Lafayette Anticipation production teams, initiated on the occasion of the most recent Biennale de Lyon.

Together, they deepen the artist’s incursion into more complex production techniques requiring external know-how: 3D imaging, motorisation, casting… Every day, the piece awaits both spiritual and technical care to continue existing. It moves, while maintaining a distance from the observer who becomes a silent spectator of a peculiar situation with no apparent outcome.

The exhibit Heroe dedicated to Camille Blatrix at the Wattis Institute (San Francisco) from September 8 to November 19, 2016 with the support of Lafayette Anticipation, presents an alter ego of the piece produced for Faisons de l’inconnu un allié.  


Joining Forces with the Unknown exhibit location:
16 rue Debelleyme (previously Weber Métaux store)
75003 Paris

Hours: 11 AM - 10 PM
Every day from October 11 - 23, 2016

Free entry.