Based around an out-of-print anthology devoted to prehistoric collections unearthed by archaeological expeditions in Algeria, French artist Camille Henrot’s latest project treats this ethnographic material as motifs of a contemporary grotesque. The scientific document – photographs, diagrams, and captions – becomes part of a layered array incorporating traces of our present age: humans, animals, plants, minerals, and other objects. Freely mixing the pre- and post-historic, archaic and actual, Henrot constructs an exploration of human bodies, information media, and meaning using dated pornography, technological refuse, tools and instruments, signs, and more.
Published by Manuella Editions, 2016
Hardcover, 144 pp
210 x 270 mm