Middelheim Museum is pleased to present Wet Job, the first solo exhibition by artist Camille Henrot (b. 1978) in Belgium. The exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on the artist’ practice in sculpture and brings together close to 40 works produced over the last decade in an expansive outdoor setting. In the context of this exhibition, Wet Job has multiple and evolving meanings: it refers to the labor of breastfeeding and breast pumping (think “et nurse” at the same time as it evokes the end of life (“et work”, the fluidity of identity, and the sometimes messy nature of human relations. It is particularly striking to consider the artist’ choice to use bronze, one of the most time-
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With more than one publicly accessible entrance, the grounds of Middelheim Museum offer multiple entry points and trajectories throughout Henrot’ oeuvre, which include works from the series Overlapping Figures (2011), Desktop Series (2013–014), Monday (2016), System of Attachment (2018–021) and Wet Job (2021–022). Presented in both indoor and outdoor spaces of Middelheim Museum, Henrot’ works engage directly with their environment. She states, “ didn’ want the sculptures to overpower the landscape, and thought instead that my work could occupy space in the way that natural bodies would—hat they could exist alongside a rabbit, a cow, a mushroom, a stone.”Working together with the museum team and city gardeners, Henrot selected wildflowers that would be left to grow freely over the course of the five-
At the heart of Henrot’ sculptural practice is an impulse to attribute shapes to the liminal experiences of bodies and slippages beyond the self. Henrot’ hybrid figures—either human nor animal nor plant-
Complemented by new works developed especially for Middelheim Museum, Wet Job offers a rare opportunity to revisit a sweeping range of the artist’ existing oeuvre in relationship to an ever-
About Camille Henrot
Camille Henrot (b. 1978 in Paris, lives and works in Berlin and New York) is recognized as one of the most influential voices in contemporary art today. Inspired by a playful research process, Henrot works in a multiplicity of media, including film, drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. Inspired by literature, second-
The artist has made the exhibition together with curator Pieter Boons, and is grateful to the entire team of the Middelheim Museum for the collaboration on this project. The exhibition was realized with the generous support of kamel mennour and Hauser & Wirth.
Camille Henrot, 3, 2, 1..., 2021. © ADAGP Camille Henrot. Courtesy of the artist and Kunstgiesserei St. Gallen. Photo: Annik Wetter.
Exhibition 11 June -
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