The MeLa Project is supporting the promotion of the first large-scale solo exhibition by French, New York-based artist, Camille Henrot in Paris, commissioned and organised by Bétonsalon – Center for art and research.
‘The Pale Fox’ is an immersive environment building on Henrot’s previous project ‘Grosse Fatigue’ (2013) – a film awarded the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennial. While ‘Grosse Fatigue’ attempted to tell the story of the universe in thirteen minutes, ‘The Pale Fox’ is a meditation on our shared desire to understand the world intimately through the objects that surround us. As Camille Henrot explains: “The main focus of ‘The Pale Fox’ is obsessive curiosity, the irrepressible desire to affect things, to achieve goals, to perform actions, and the inevitable consequences”.
More than 400 photographs, sculptures, books and drawings – mostly bought on eBay or borrowed from museums, others found or produced by the artist – are displayed on a series of shelves designed by Camille Henrot in the environment conceived for the exhibition. They populate a space that is both physical and mental, conveying an almost domestic atmosphere: it could be a bedroom, a room that one could inhabit. Each of the four walls of this space is associated with a natural element, a cardinal point, a stage of life and one of Leibniz’s philosophical principles. Opening with ‘the principle of being’ (where everything starts: birth and childhood), the installation progresses with ‘the law of continuity’ (where everything develops: growth and teenage-hood), before touching on ‘the principle of sufficient reason’ (where limitations arise: adulthood), and concluding with the ‘principle of the identity of the indiscernibles’ (where things decline and disappear: old age). » Read more