Artefacts. Cyprien Gaillard.

In 2011, the National Gallery Prize for Young Art went to French artist Cyprien Gaillard, a headline-grabber who moves between mediums like beer and neon.  At the Hamburger Bahnhof Gaillard shows the more nuanced “Artefacts” a slow moving cinematic collage of contemporary Iraq, which weaves together tropes of Babylonian antiquity and American militarism. Gaillard lingers both on the famed Ishtar Gate as well as soldiers shooting green lasers into a receding desert. The film was shot originally on Gaillards’ Iphone, but was transferred later to 35 mm, creating an anachronistic loop, which is reinforced by the repeating phrase “Babylon,” from the David Grey song.

Throughout his work, Cyprien Gaillard deals with seemingly opposing themes—architecture and nature, evolution and erosion—and the complex relationship that exists between the historical past and contemporary reality.

Produced by Ellen Treasure and Guillaume de Bary. Co-produced with Sprüth Magers Gallery (Berlin), Erika Neufeld.

 
 
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