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2021 Artist Fellow

Marguerite Humeau

Marguerite Humeau (b. 1986, FR) lives and works in London, UK. She received her MA from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2011. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at New Museum, New York, US; Tate Britain, London, UK; Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, CH; Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, DE; Nottingham Contemporary, UK; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR; Kunstverein in Hamburg, DE; Museion, Bolzano, IT; and C L E A R I N G, New York/ Brussels. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including the High Line, New York, USA; Château de Versailles, FR; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DK; Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; MAMVP, Paris, FR; Serpentine Galleries, London, UK; Istanbul Biennial, TR; Victoria and Albert Museum, Sculpture Gallery, London, UK; and FRAC Midi- Pyrénées,Toulouse, FR. Marguerite Humeau’s work is part of the collections of MoMA, New York, USA; Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; Tate Britain, London, UK; Aishti Foundation, Beirut, LB; Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK; Modern Forms, London, UK.

Humeau’s work stages the crossing of great distances in time and space, transitions between animal and mineral, and encounters between personal desires and natural forces. The work explores the possibility of communication between worlds and the means by which knowledge is generated in the absence of evidence or through the impossibility of reaching the object of investigation. Humeau weaves factual events into speculative narratives, therefore enabling unknown, invisible, extinct forms of life to erupt in grandiose splendour. Combining prehistory, occult biology and science fiction in a disconcerting spectacle – the works resuscitate the past, conflate subterranean and subcutaneous, all the while updating the quest genre for the information age.


Top Image: Waste I - 1, A respiratory tract mutating into industrial waste (detail), 2019, Dove respiratory tract in resin, polyurethane, paint, silicone tubes, CO. Photo by Julia Andréone. Courtesy of the artist and C L E A R I N G New York/Brussels.

Artist Image: Marguerite Humeau, 2017. Photo by Florine Bonaventure.

Queen with Leopards, A 150-year-old female human has ingested a manatee's brain, 2018, bronze. Photo by Stan Narten, JSP Photography. Courtesy of the artist and C L E A R I N G New York/Brussels. — View detail

The Dead, The Dancers, and The Air (A shoal of fish performing a breathing ritual in an attempt to bring their dead back to life), 2019, exhibition view. Photo by Eden Krsmanovic. Courtesy of the artist and C L E A R I N G New York/Brussels. — View detail

Wadjet (King Cobra), 2015, Polystyrene, white paint, artificial prosthetics, artificial human saliva, 1g King Cobra venom sourced in Florida. Courtesy of the artist and DUVE Berlin. — View detail

Enid, A female engineered to cry out of sadness, 2016, exhibition view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Photo by Spassky Fischer. Courtesy of the artist and C L E A R I N G New York/Brussels. — View detail

High Tide (The Dancer I, The Dancer II, The Dancers III & IV), 2019, exhibition view, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Photo by Julia Andréone. Courtesy of the artist and C L E A R I N G New York/Brussels. — View detail

The Prayer, A marine mammal invoking higher spirits, 2019, Polystyrene, polyurethane resin, fiberglass, steel, skeleton. Photo by Eden Krsmanovic. Courtesy of the artist and C L E A R I N G New York/Brussels. — View detail

The Opera of Prehistoric Creatures – from left to right: Entelodont “Hell Pig”, Ambulocetus “Walking Whale”, Mammoth Imperator, 2012, installation view, Salle Dufy, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2020). Photo by Julia Andréone. — View detail

Riddles (Jaws), 2017, installation view, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin. Photo by Julia Andréone. Courtesy of the artist and C L E A R I N G New York/Brussels. — View detail

Sphinx Otto Protecting Earth from Humankind (from the Riddles series), 2017, installation view, Bosquet de l’Arc de Triomphe, Château de Versailles. Photo by Julia Andréone. Courtesy of the artist and C L E A R I N G New York/Brussels. — View detail

Poumon B12, 2017, artificial lung (iridescent hand-blown glass), Cyanide antidote (hydroxycobalamin/sodium thiosulfate), undisclosed location, Paris. Photo by Rasa Juskeviciute. — View detail