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Blogger News: VOLCANO EXTRAVAGANZA 2016 - CAMILLE HENROT 8.8.16

A LOOK BACK ON THIS YEAR'S EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL ART EVENT CO-CURATED BY CAMILLE HENROT AND MILOVAN FARRONATO

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Many of the people who today call this place home […] were not born on the island. Whether they chose to come here or they chose to leave somewhere else, they are all immigrants and expatriates in one way or another. Unlike Ingrid Bergman’s Karin, they do not want to escape but nor do they intend to stay here forever. They are in transit. They are exiles; existing in a place to which they feel they belong, but also to which they do not.

This extract from the letter written by Milovan Farronato to Camille Henrot, which references the character played by Ingrid Bergman in Roberto Rossellini’s Stromboli, frames the theme at the heart of this year’s Volcano Extravaganza, an event Henrot conceived and Farronato co-curated. The exhibition-cum-art event, produced by the Fiorucci Art Trust, took place on the Sicilian island of Stromboli between 15 and 21 June 2016 and explored the catastrophe of shipwrecks in the Mediterranean. The list of names who contributed to the exhibition gives a clear idea of the variety and richness of the event: Gabriel Abrantes & Benjamin Crotty, Anna Boghiguian, Jacob Bromberg, Giulio Delvè, Joana Escoval, Yona Friedman, Amira Ghazalla, Camille Henrot, David Horvitz, Isola and Norzi, Ragnar Kjartansson, Maria Loboda, Martin Murphy, Mike Nelson, Ben Rivers, Rachel Rose, Sven Sachsalber, Walter Sutin and Orfeo Tagiuri.

Starting today and over the coming weeks, we will be talking to a few of these artists about their inspiration, their art, and their idea of beauty. We start with the exhibition’s co-curator Camille Henrot.

Freeze-frame: where are you right now and what are you doing?

I’m in Ligalli, I’m resting.

Your work spans the full range of the visual arts, from cinema to sculpture and everything inbetween. How did this interdisciplinary approach come about?

I find that the choice of the medium comes naturally with the project. It’s not a conscious decision or part of a strategy. There are moments of my life when I feel that a particular energy needs to be expressed in drawing, but then I become obsessed with a different subject, and film arises as the best medium of investigation. And then I meet an artisan in Naples, and I decide to work with him on large bronze sculptures. It’s very much tied to opportunity and improvised.

What did it feel like to be awarded the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale at such a young age?

The Silver Lion is a prize that is dedicated to younger artists, so it’s more of an encouragement than a congratulation. The award was a magnificent joy which granted me the confidence to work more intuitively. Not only did it mean an endorsement of my work, but it accelerated the pace of my projects, and little by little I had less time for doubts and fears and more opportunity to be bold.

 



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