Opening: Camille Henrot. If Wishes Were Horses
Camille Henrot, Tuesday, 2017, Image Research, Courtesy the artist, König Galerie, Berlin; kamel mennour, Paris/London and Metro Pictures, New York
The exhibition takes its name from the sixteenth century proverb “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” While the expression is typically associated with repressive desire, Henrot employs it to suggest how imagination, creativity and fantasy can offer hope and the possibility for change.
Sculpture, installation and a film coalesce in the exhibition to consider the binary power structures of sadomasochism, ritual, authority and control, in order to reveal, through the artist’s distinct visual language, how these roles are both symbolic and reversible. Drawing from a broad range of epistemologies as well as anthropological research, Henrot unravels, fragments, and transforms visual codes into rich registers of information, into hybrid cultural artefacts, and novel material forms. The different elements that comprise the show unfold a choreography and comprehensive dialogue, drawing upon formal structures and raising questions that derive from Henrot’s greater investigation on the human propensity toward dependency.
Curator: Luca Lo Pinto