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Carte Blanche at Palais de Tokyo

By Cassandra d’Amico-Mazza

In its third installment of the Carte Blanche series, Palais de Tokyo invited French artist Camille Henrot to completely take over the gallery space. Henrot, who 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, posits questions of time, mythology, and physical space in her exhibit Days are Dogs, a play on the dog days of summer.

 

On now through January 7th 2018, Days are Dogs explores how structures of authority and fiction dictate our lives. For Henrot, the week represents a human invention that has immense emotional and psychological control over us. The show is divided into seven sections, each representing a day of the week, where their mythological meaning and contemporary significance confront each other and illustrate the arbitrary, fictitious construction of time.

 

Henrot fills the space with found objects and original artworks, utilizing the gallery’s expansive space. The exhibit encompasses an eclectic array of works from Henrot and other artists she collaborated with. From bronze sculptures to mosaics and conceptual pieces, Henrot fully immerses herself in the space and delves deep into social constructs illuminating the ups and downs of quotidian existence.

Images courtesy of palaisdetokyo.com