Fire hose, wood, rope, metal

142 × 150 × 60 cm (55 7/8 × 59 1/16 × 23 5/8 in.)

Tevau (2009) is a sculpture made with a fire hose rolled up into two interlinked loops. Camille Henrot has given this contemporary object the shape of an ancient ritual object from the Solomon Islands, the tevau. Considered as an exchange currency, tevaus were used to acquire people (in particular through weddings) or valuable goods. Between the past and the present, the hose embodies a spatial and temporal continuum and incorporates a symbol of reciprocity as well as values of control and danger.

The French artist whose work is based on varied sources of inspiration often plays with anthropological references. She explores established thought systems and object typologies, interrogating the material aspect of our culture.

Held in the Pinault Collection, Tevau was first presented in the show Grosse Fatigue at the Gucci Museo in Florence, in 2014.
Camille Henrot's other artwork