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Days are dogs - palais de tokyo

From October 18, 2017 to January 7, 2018, the Palais de Tokyo offers Camille Henrot the totality of its exhibition space for a “carte blanche”, titled Days are Dogs. This exhibit invites visitors to reflect on relationships of authority, fiction and definitions that regulate our existence.

Each section of the exhibit corresponds to a day of the week; each resembles an open world in which rules, emotions and individual liberty confront each other in a playful manner. The totality functions as a composition and re-composition of pieces, both those created by Camille Henrot and those of other international artists invited by the artist, that expand the field each day.

For Camille Henrot’s exhibit, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette produced a unique piece, titled Garde-fou (2017). The Fondation has followed the artist for several years, namely by supporting and including her film Grosse Fatigue (2013) into its collection.

As a privileged partner of contemporary creation, the Galeries Lafayette Group also provided support to this exhibit.

Camille Henrot: “The exhibit tackles issues of daily life, namely our relationship to dependence. The title comes from the Anglo-Saxon expression “dog day” which references a difficult or tiring day. I am interested in social and political relationships to which the word “dog” refers, in expressions such as “a dog’s life”, “working like a dog” or “underdog”. The dog is a familiar reference. A sign of that which connects us, but also alienates us – a sign of difficulty and frustration: a dog is always hungry… The dog is everywhere. The dog represents the banal and the repetitive form of attachment and dependency – to the rhythm of our lives, to the days and to the nights”.   

CAmille henrot

Born in Paris in 1978, Camille Henrot lives in New York.

From drawing to film, passing through sculpture and installation, Camille Henrot’s body of work reflects her rigorous examination of socio-cultural structures, symbols and rituals by which human life is organized.

She received the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, the Nam June Paik Award in 2014 and is the 2015 recipient of the Edvard Munch Award. She has had numerous solo exhibitions in international institutions, including: Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, 2017), Fondazione Memmo (Rome, 2016), New Museum (New York, 2014), Chisenhale Gallery (London, 2014). She recently participated in the Lyon (2015), Berlin and Sydney (2016) biennials. She is represented by kamel mennour (Paris/London), König Galerie (Berlin) and Metro Pictures (New York).


Exhibition venue: Palais de Tokyo – 13, avenue du Président Wilson 75116 Paris

Dates: October 18, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Opening hours: Palais de Tokyo is opened from noon to midnight every day except Tuesday


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