Grosse fatigue


Colour video, with sound


Camille Henrot's film Grosse Fatigue manifests the wild ambition of a mise of abyme of several mythological, scientific, historical and anthropological narratives about the creation and evolution of the world. Accompanied by a sound track by composer Joakim and the voice of slammer Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh, still images and videos successively appear and evoke nothingness, the birth of the gods and the emergence of the Earth, animals, human beings, knowledge, tiredness and death.

The fruit of a long period of research at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the short film Grosse Fatigue seems to be the organized synthesis of an erudite compilation. It is thus in line with Camille Henrot's artistic project since the early 2000s, which consists in creating a dialogue between art, science and mythology.

Shown for the first time at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, where Camille Henrot was awarded the Silver Lion, the short film was first presented by the Pinault Collection in 2014-2014 in the exhibition Camille Henrot – Grosse Fatigue at the Gucci Museo in Florence.
Camille Henrot's other artwork