Grosse Fatigue, a 13-min video installation, was produced during a residency at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Inspired by the encyclopaedia concept, as she delved into the Institute’s collections and databases, the artist undertook to form a narrative about the universe by mixing scientific history with Creation stories belonging to various traditions and cultures. The work unfolds through a series of fluid juxtapositions and superimpositions of images taken from the Smithsonian’s collections or found on the Internet, which appear in pop-ups on a computer screen.


Camille Henrot was born in Paris in 1978. She has lived and worked in New York since January 2013. She studied film animation at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, graduating in 2002. Her work has been the subject of some fifteen solo exhibitions, including The Restless Earth at the New Museum, New York (2014); and The Pale Fox at the Chisenhale Gallery, London, an exhibition co-produced by Bétonsalon – Centre d’art et de recherche, Paris; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; and Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, where it was scheduled to be shown in 2014 and 2015.

Camille Henrot, Grosse Fatigue, 2013
Video (color, sound), 13 min
Original music by Joakim. Voice by Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh. Text written in collaboration with Jacob Bromberg.
Producer : kamel mennour, Paris ; with the additional support of: Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, Paris.
Production: Silex Films
Silver Lion – 55th Venice Biennale, 2013
Project conducted as part of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Program, Washington, D.C.
Special thanks to: the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
© Camille Henrot / SODRAC (2015)