Mother Tongue, 2020/2021
Artspace Edition + Body of Art Book


Digital archival print on Epson Hot Press Natural 330g/m2 paper

24.00 x 18.00 in

61.0 x 45.7 cm

Edition of 50

This work is signed and numbered by the artist on recto.

PRICE: $1,500

24.00 x 18.00 in

61.0 x 45.7 cm

Edition of 50

Unframed: $1,500
Framed: $1,750
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    About The Work

    Artspace & Phaidon, in partnership with Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, are pleased to announce a new limited edition by Camille Henrot, entitled Mother Tongue (2021). Created exclusively to benefit MOCA through a unique Artspace editions initiative, proceeds from the sale of Mother Tongue will support programming at the museum for the coming year.

    Mother Tongue shares its title with Henrot’s current solo exhibition of new works at the Kestner Gesselschaft, in Hanover, Germany, and can be read in various ways—by design. Its rich visual beauty belies a deeper inquiry into the nature of humanity itself. Referencing language as a means of appropriation, and the mouth as a site of both expression and consumption, Mother Tongue drives cracks into the iconic art historical trope of mother and child. Its intentional ambiguity sparks existential questions about instinctual and imposed attachment, affection, and alienation that, for many, have risen to the forefront of our awareness during a year of quarantine. 

    To me, parenting is a very interesting source for material because of its messiness. It’s complex and ambivalent and unstable. There is tenderness but there is also anger. There is attraction but there is also repulsion. And if you pull on these strings, everything comes together: sexuality, love, death, and much more.

    — Camille Henrot

    Founded in 1979, MOCA is the defining museum of contemporary art. In a relatively short period of time, MOCA has achieved astonishing growth; a world-class permanent collection of more than 7,000 objects, international in scope and among the finest in the world; hallmark education programs that are widely-emulated; award-winning publications that present original scholarship; groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions of international repute that survey the art of our time; and cutting-edge engagement with modes of new media production. MOCA is a not-for-profit institution in Los Angeles, California that relies on a variety of funding sources for its activities.

    About Camille Henrot

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    • Edition of 50 + 5 APs

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