The recipient of the Edvard Munch Art Award 2015 is the French artist Camille Henrot

The Edvard Munch Art Award is awarded for the first time in 2015. The newly established prize is given to French artist Camille Henrot, and is presented by H.M. Queen Sonja at Munchmuseet December 12, 2015.

Camille Henrot is born in 1978, Paris, France. Lives and works in New York, New York.

The Jury statement

Through a number of projects and exhibitions of high quality and diversity Camille Henrot has within the five last years proven herself as an exceptionally talented and original artist. With her work Grosse Fatigue at the Venice Biennale 2013 she gained wide spread international attention, and since then she has continued to make thought-provoking new work.

In her artistic practice Camille Henrot uses a variety of different mediums, including traditional artistic techniques as well as new technologies. Seemingly effortlessly, she moves between painting, film, photography, drawing, sculpture and video to create intriguing, playful and thought provoking works, resulting in comprehensive collages and installations. In her work, Henrot deconstructs totalizing and universal systems of representation, knowledge and history, and thereby raises political questions of difference through anthropological research on a wide range of topics, such as ethnicity, identity, geography, gender, sexuality, biology, mythology and literature. The jury finds Henrot’s artistic practice particularly significant, in the sense that she sheds light on fundamental epistemological questions of our time where knowledge is continuously diffused, reproduced and diversified through an impenetrable web of information and communication.

Henrot is an artist in the process of developing her artistic project and career, and she is experiencing a growing international attention to her art. The jury believes that Henrot has a very strong potential to develop further in the years to come, and will follow her future work with great anticipation.